The twinned appearances of then-Lonmin shareholder and ANC frontman Cyril Ramaphosa and then-Minister of Mineral Resources Susan Shabangu at the Marikana Commission within two weeks of each other was always going to be interesting, reports GREG MARINOVICH.
Both ruling party luminaries are former trade unionists, albeit one with a more illustrious pedigree than the other, yet their testimony before the Marikana Commission of Inquiry set them on a collision course.
Over the weekend, the Minister took eNCA to task, demanding an apology from the broadcaster for saying she had called Deputy President Ramaphosa “a liar”. eNCA issued an apology as a trawl through the transcripts clearly showed that Shabangu had never called Ramaphosa a liar. At least not in as many words.
The point of difference between the two ANC heavyweights was whether Ramaphosa and Lonmin had indeed prevailed upon Shabangu to change her stance towards the 2012 Lonmin strike. Was it Lonmin and Ramaphosa who convinced her to switch from calling it a ‘labour dispute’ to labelling it “criminal” and thus precipitating the unconstrained police action that saw 34 miners killed and 78 wounded?
When pressed by lawyers for various parties at the Commission, she repeatedly denied points to…
Source : Daily Maverick