first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma has defended the conduct of the police at Marikana suggesting that when officers shot and killed 34 miners, they were protecting people’s livesSouth Africa’s President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday defended the actions of police who shot dead 34 striking workers in 2012 at Lonmin’s Marikana mine.Speaking days before publication of a report on the most deadly security incident since the end of apartheid, Zuma said: “Those people in Marikana had killed people and the police were stopping them from killing people.”He was responding to a question during a visit to a university in Pretoria.Zuma received the results in March of a nearly three-year inquiry by retired judge Ian Farlam into the “Marikana massacre”.Ten other people were killed in violence relating to the strike, including two police officers who were hacked to death The shootings sparked intense public and media criticism toward the police, mining companies, unions, the ruling African National Congress and Zuma. Related President Jacob Zuma resigns Jacob Zuma condemns violence against foreigners Jacob Zuma condemns xenophobic attackslast_img

Jacob Zuma defends police in Marikana shooting

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