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news shutterstockSowetanLive reports that the Bapo Ba Mogale royal family, which owns the Marikana land, including the koppie at Wonderkop where 34 striking mineworkers were gunned down by police in 2012, has warned politicians and unions not to use it for politicking.  

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has been preventing ANC leaders from visiting the area without consulting it.  ANC presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was the latest not to be allowed into the area.  The royal family on Wednesday said it was concerned that political parties and unions, including Amcu, were using the area as a political playground.  The royal family spokesman, Vladimir Mogale, did not mince his words, saying Marikana was their land and no one could lay a claim to it.  He added that everyone was welcome to visit the area.  Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa described as "mischievous" the suggestion that the union was using the Marikana massacre for political mileage.  But the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) lashed out at Amcu, accusing it of acting as if it owned the koppie.

  • Read this report by Ngwako Modjadji in full at SowetanLive
  • Read too, Dlamini Zuma, ANCWL beat hasty retreat at Marikana, at The Star
  • And also, Dlamini-Zuma chased out of Marikana because of 'unresolved issues', says ANCWL, at News24

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