Ramaphosa said it would be “inappropriate” for him to give any response to questions relating to Marikana.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers an address during the memorial service of the late Dr Steve “Kalamazoo” Mokone at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. (Photo: GCIS)
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has some legal wrangling to do over any involvement in the Marikana massacre.
Answering questions in parliament on Thursday, Ramaphosa said it would be “inappropriate” for him to give any response to questions relating to Marikana.
“A summons has been issued against me in my personal capacity and two other parties arising from the events of Marikana in 2012 and as a consequence of that and on the legal advice I have sought and obtained I have informed to the secretary of cabinet that it will not be appropriate for me to get involved.
“I will soon be a litigant in this matter,” he said.
Ramaphosa was the former director of Lonmin Mines in Marikana where 34 protesting mineworkers were killed in a clash with police in 2012.
The Farlam Commission of Inquiry found that Ramaphosa should not be accountable for the deaths of the miners.
Ramaphosa continues to face fierce criticism that his actions led to the massacre after he called for “concomitant action” to be taken.