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Zuma kneels down in Marikana dust

Aug 22 2012 17:26
Lucas Ledwaba, City Press

President Jacob Zuma interacts with striking mine workers at Lonmin’s Marikana mine. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma knelt down in the dust of Marikana on Wednesday to inspect used bullet cartridges brought to him by striking mine workers.

Zuma arrived in the troubled area this afternoon to address a group of about 100 striking mine workers near the scene of last week’s killing of 34 mine workers.

The cartridges were carried by the workers in two plastic bags.

They related last week’s events to Zuma and a ministerial task team that had accompanied him.

Zuma told the gathering that he expected a commission of inquiry he announced last week to unearth the whole truth behind the killings.

The workers said they would continue to strike until their demand of a R12 500 salary was met.

The meeting proceeded without any violent incidents despite earlier threats by the workers who protested against the presence of armoured police vehicles.

lonmin  |  jacob zuma  |  mahikeng  |  mining unrest


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