The ANC commemorates the anniversary of the Marikana tragedy

S Luzipho

The ANC joined the millions of South Africans in remembering and commemorating the 6th year anniversary of the Marikana tragedy. A tragedy that represents a sad and unfortunate chapter in the life history of our new dispensation that should never have happened.

The ANC calls upon all South Africans to remember this tragedy to work towards building a peaceful and cohesive society where violence has no place. We believe that only when all South Africans come together and reaffirm the founding values of our nation as embodied in the Constitution, shall we make progress in healing the wounds of Marikana.

The ANC thus urges its government to move with urgency in implementing the recommendations as directed by the Farlam Commission and particularly pay attention to interventions aimed at alleviating the plight of the affected families. The ANC also requests the Mining companies to do like-wise and move with speed in implementing their commitment to improving the socio-economic conditions of these communities.

We believe this will assist in building a forward momentum that heals the nation, and therefore it should be our collective responsibility as a nation, despite our differences, to find each other and make our respective contributions towards building a South Africa that is at peace with itself.

I thank you