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Bench Marks Foundation calls on President Ramaphosa to resign over Marikana massacre – SABC News

The Bench Marks Foundation is calling for President Cyril Ramaphosa to resign and be arrested over his alleged involvement in the 2012 Marikana massacre.

In his webinar on the lessons learned from the 10 years since the massacre, the President of the Foundation, Bishop Jo Seoka, emphasized that President Ramaphosa has failed to apologize and show remorse for what happened in Marikana.

Bishop Seoka also asked for the cases against the injured and arrested mine workers to be dropped.

Ten years since the infamous Marikana massacre, where thirty-four miners were shot dead and another seventy-eight injured, little has changed for many in this impoverished community.

The miners still live in shacks, and some interior roads show the canal.

Speaking about the lessons learned since the massacre, the residents paint an even more gloomy picture of life in the mining settlement.

“Since 2012 Marikana has not changed and I blame the government and the mine owners.”

“We’re seeing a lot of people losing their jobs and companies not wanting to pay these workers.”

“If you come to the town of Marikana, there are a lot of potholes, a lot of damage, everything is damaged.”

The Bench Marks Foundation says it is time for the current president to take responsibility for his alleged involvement in the massacre.

Bench Mark Foundation President Bishop Joe Seoka says, “We have to get it [President] Cyril Ramaphosa was arrested. He should resign as president. He failed to do a very simple thing that makes people apologise, we need to show remorse for what happened and we need to call for his resignation and work hard to make him stand before a judge and account for what he did. and probably arrested.”

The miners must be acquitted of the charges against them

Seoka is asking for the charges against the miners to be dropped.

“We have to ask for the case of the injured miners to be dismissed. Some of the injured cannot receive compensation because there is a court case against them, until this is settled, they will not receive compensation.”

Meanwhile, there are increasing calls for a memorial to the deceased at the infamous koppie.

Bench Marks Foundation calls on President Ramaphosa to resign over Marikana massacre – SABC News

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