Pretoria: Public Enterprises Minister MalusiGigaba has called for sincere leadership across all sectors of society, while also conveying his condolences to the families of those killed in Marikana last week.
“I would like to join President Jacob Zuma in conveying to the families of the deceased Lonmin miners and members of the South African Police our nation’s sincerest condolences and in wishing all of them comfort and peace during these painful times that they and the nation as a whole are going through,” said Gigaba.
Speaking at a Progressive Business Women’s Summit on Monday, Gigaba called against the practice of finger-pointing.
“This is a moment for all of us to reflect on the role we are playing to create a South Africa of our collective dreams, and none should be satisfied that they only draw the pleasures and benefits of this new South Africa whilst the rest are condemned still to poverty, inequality and unemployment.”
Meanwhile, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) has welcomed Zuma’s announcement of a Commission of Inquiry into the deaths. The Presidency said that it would be separate from the Inter-ministerial Committee, and that it would be a judicial commission of inquiry.
It said the appointment of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry would widen the scope for prosecution of those who must be called to account.
President Zuma has also declared a period of national mourning from 20 – 26 August. Flags will fly at half-mast at all flag stations in South Africa and missions outside the country during the period of mourning.
Zuma has also declared 23 August as the official day for memorial services to be held across the country to mourn and promote a violence-free society.