Rights group calls on Cyril Ramaphosa to keep his promise to atone for Marikana
President Cyril Ramaphosa should keep his promise to play a role in atoning for the Marikana massacre‚ lawyers for 36 families of the dead said on Thursday. The Socio Economic Rights Institute (SERI) was responding to a statement that Ramaphosa made in Parliament on Tuesday‚ when he said the government needed to take responsibility for their sins. Ramaphosa also vowed to compensate the families of 44 miners who died during clashes with police. The president committed to playing "whatever role I can in the process of healing and atonement for what happened at Marikana". SERI said if the state was serious about atoning for the Marikana massacre‚ the families of those killed had indicated that a meaningful response would include a formal and sincere apology from the minister of police for the loss of their loved ones. "The families demand an apology‚ made in private and in person‚ followed by a public apology." SERI said the apology should not only recognise the state’s responsibility ...
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