Cyril Ramaphosa appeared at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry on 11 and 12 August and has now concluded giving evidence at the commission. Large crowds of mineworkers and protesters from the Marikana Support Campaign were present to hear this long awaited evidence.
Remember that it was Cyril Ramaphosa who wrote emails to cabinet ministers during the strike calling for ‘concomitant action’. Cyril Ramaphosa was the direct link between Lonmin, where he was a shareholder and non-executive director at the time of the strike, the cabinet, where he was a senior minister, and the police commissioner, over whom he held a superior position.
Footage from Miners Shot Down was used during his cross examination, mostly alluding to Ramaphosa’s role in the 1987 miners strike and his skills as a negotiator during troubled times. He failed to use these skills during the 2012 strike, choosing instead to call on the police and government to employ force against the strikers. At the time, the strikers were calling for talks with the company.