Mogoeng Mogoeng's strong words on Marikana

By Doug Mattushek - 16 August 2019Views : 2317


Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng lamented the way the the Marikana incident was handled on the day and the aftermath.

Today marks the seventh anniversary of the massacre, where a standoff between striking miners and police lead to violent clashes where 34 mineworkers were shot and killed.

Mogoeng pointed out that it was the result of poor leadership and out apathy towards one another.

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"Marikana is a typical example of how we handle South African problems," Mogoeng told SABC News

"Many tragic situations that affect the lives of people are unattended to because we choose not to attend to them. We choose to be too careful not to offend. We choose to mind our own business, even if it means others are to suffer as a result.

"Have we made it our business to make sure that everybody who was directly or indirectly involved in that tragic event was held accountable properly, or have we deployed our wisdom to manage the truth in such a way as to shift blame to those who have very little to protect themselves with?"