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Ramaphosa Denies Marikana Liability as Judge Prolongs Case

  • South African president sued by deceased mineworkers’ families
  • Judge says element of plaintiff’s case can be tested in court
Cyril Ramaphosa

Cyril Ramaphosa

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa welcomed a High Court ruling in a damages lawsuit that was brought against him by the families of 34 deceased mineworkers even as the judge allowed the plaintiffs to pursue some of their claims. 

The matter dates back to 2012 when a prolonged pay dispute at the Marikana mine owned by Lonmin Plc in South Africa’s North West province saw the police open fire on strikers, resulting in the worst loss of life involving the security forces in the post-apartheid era. Sibanye Stillwater Ltd. has since taken over Lonmin.