The African National Congress has blamed the British media for the chaos at Marikana.
In a report following a meeting i Pretoria it said:
The emphasis on Lonmin being a British mining company derives from the British media’s offensive on the South African government without even mentioning the role of, or (role) supposed to be played by, the employer.
This narrow approach has created space for resentment against black South Africans, wherein minority shareholders who happen to be black get blamed as having the sole responsibility in the company.
It also blamed people like Julius Malema. It could not however reach an agreement on blaming the infighting within the party for the mess.
Some felt that Marikana showed that the ANC leadership needed renewal with some calling for President Jacob Zuma to be replaced with Vice President Kgalema Mothlante. They said that the way the whole situation was handled showed a vacuum of leadership.
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, seen as a Zuma supporter, broke ranks with the party even, saying the ANC and government should apologise for the deaths at Marikana.
You can’t kill so many people and think it is normal. We ourselves were shocked.
The party also took a dig at what it called RENAMO-type movements which were creating ‘liberated zones for counter-revolution”.
It also spoke against internal opportunists who in ‘likening South Africa with apartheid’, were suggesting that its ’leadership, both as a democratic government and as a liberation movement, is questionable’.
It didn’t have kind words for the AMCU, rival to the NMU, these being mineworkers’ unions. The ANC then suggested there was a hand in these strikes from the employers as well:
It is also interesting to make an observation that in all these instances (previous strikes), employers pretend not to be involved, creating an impression that this is a fight among unions.
Meanwhile, The Hawks have confirmed that they will be investigating Julisu Malema for inciting violence.
Can’t say we are surprised by the reaction. We didn’t really expect them to say they did it, did we?