Durban - With the seventh anniversary of the Marikana Massacre less than two weeks away and the storm around the funding of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ANC presidential campaign erupting, August could prove to be a long month for the head of state.
As the leaked emails saga took centre stage over the weekend, the Economic Freedom Fighters National Chairperson Dali Mpofu did not miss the opportunity to bring to the fore the Marikana Massacre on Twitter.
On Saturday, Mpofu took a dig at Ramaphosa, tweeting: “Welcome to the Month...The Month of Mambush! He who KILLS by the email DIES by the email!” in reference to Mgcineni Noki, commonly known as the Man in Green Blanket, the leader of the protesting miners who was gunned by police on 16 August 2012. In total, 34 miners were killed on the day. Ramaphosa, who was on the board of mining company Lonmin at the time of the massacre, called for “concomitant action” to be taken against the striking mine workers prior to the shooting that led to the loss of 34 miners lives.
By labelling August 'the month of Mambush', Mpofu is implying that the spirit of the Man in the Green Blanket is haunting Ramaphosa.
Ralph Mathekga, a political analyst, said that given the leaked emails detailing funding of Ramaphosa’s ANC presidential race which allege that Ramaphosa had liaised with funders it was clear that he was now under siege.