With exactly 5 years since the Marikana Massacre, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is still facing the brunt of the blame for the death of 34 miners who were killed when police opened fire during an unsanctioned protest.
Ramaphosa, who was a Lonmin shareholder at the time, had called for concomitant action to end an unprotected strike in 2012.
In total, 44 people were killed, 34 of them were gunned down by police.
Ramaphosa, who is now in line to become the ANC’s next president, sent an email in 2012 calling for police action in Marikana and he's still being criticised despite explaining himself during a commission of inquiry.
“I felt like this needed the police to take appropriate action to arrest those involved in acts of criminality.”
Earlier this year, Ramaphosa apologised for the type of language he used at the time, but Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa says he's not wanted at a commemoration set for Wednesday.
Ramaphosa is, however, committed to visiting the Marikana widows, an initiative proposed by Winnie Madikizela Mandela.