Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said today before the Farlam Commission of Inquiry that he had found the Marikana deaths shocking and merely wanted police to arrest the perpetrators.
Ramaphosa was escorted by his wife Tshepo Motsepe. He was appearing concerning his email communication with Lonmin management where he called for action against those who killed miners in August of 2012.
“I did not apply any political pressure on the former police minister, Nathi Mthethwa and then mineral resources minister, Susan Shabangu,” said Ramaphosa.
“The miners were being killed and I decided that it was a critical situation of criminality. I told the minister that the condition was getting fierce and I expected that those responsible arrested.”
Ramaphosa said he had acted in his capacity as a Lonmin director, and had been asked to get in touch with the minister of the police about the killings.
The commission, lead by retired judge Ian Farlam, is examining the deaths of 44 striking miners at Lonmin’s platinum mine at Marikana, near Rustenburg in the North West Province.
Thirty-four striking mine workers were shot dead in a clash with police.
Dali Mpofu said that during the public hearings in July Ramaphosa used Mthethwa to exert political pressure on police to act against the protesting Marikana miners.