Johannesburg - The violence at Marikana was “outrageous” and the killers needed to be held accountable, Business Leadership SA chairman Bobby Godsell said on Monday.
“In an apartheid South Africa with no (democratic) constitution you can say that violence was regrettable and understandable,” he said during a discussion at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg.
“In a constitutional democracy, (violence) is not understandable. It is completely outrageous.
“People must be held accountable for those murders.”
For South Africa to fix what happened at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, North West, wage negotiation processes had to change.
“We have to make wage negotiation work. It has to be inclusive. We have to include people in the negotiation process.
“It has to deliver outcomes that people find broadly acceptable.”
A panel consisting of business leaders, economists and political commentators discussed what led to the deaths of 44 people, most of them striking Lonmin employees, in August. - Sapa
NB: an earlier version of this story said that Bobby Godsell was Business Unity South Africa chairman - he is actually Business Leadership South Africa chairman.