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The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition joins the families of the 45 Victims of the Marikana massacre and the nation of South Africa in mourning the deaths of the 45. The Coalition values the supremacy of the right to life, and adds its regret to sentiments shared by others that the situation, regardless of who was right or wrong, should not have been allowed to reach a stage where the South African Police Services (SAPS) contend that they had no choice and were acting in self defense.
While it is easy to apportion blame, and point fingers, we urge the people of South Africa to realise that this is a collective loss to the nation, which should check the conscience of all South Africans. We applaud the different efforts take so far by the different Unions, Government and community leaders in Marikana to preserve peace and calm, while sympathising and assisting those who have lost their loved ones.
The Coalition believes that while life must go on, Lonmin management needs, at this time more than ever, to put people ahead of profits and rescind their earlier threats to fire people who do not show up for work. The state has granted a 5 day mourning period, the company must accept that this traumatic experience around their mine is not an easy episode and that switching to business as usual is not the right approach, neither is it practical.
The Coalition hopes that the Commissions of Enquiry put in place so far will come up with conclusive findings, in a way that assists the South African nation to heal from this torrid episode, and for measures to be put in place to ensure that there is no repeat in future of a similar episode.
We pray that those directly affected are allowed to burry their loved ones in peace, and that those who have passed on will rest in peace.
South Africa has held pride of place as a free country in a region and continent riddled with conflicts and dictatorships. While this incident will dent that record, we believe that, that "pride of place € can be retained if due process is followed, and accountability is allowed to take place.
We wish strength to the families of the deceased and the people of South Africa, during this very trying time.