"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings."
From Julius Caeser (William Shakespeare)
On 16 August 34 striking miners was shot dead by the South African police force. An event likened by some to the Sharpeville events of 1960. Others lauded the police actions. Local and international media covered the event extensively as this event may seriously tarnish South Africa's status as the "rainbow nation". Judge Ian Farlam, retired Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal, has been appointed by President Jacob Zuma to chair a commission of inquiry to establish the facts about what happened in Marikana. The role of Lonmin, NUM, AMCU, and the police will be scrutinised.
All South Africans should treat the shootings with respect and mourning. This was truly a devastating event.
SAIT shares the views expressed by the Law Society.
In a press release issued 17 August 2012 the society stated that: 'The LSSA extends its deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and hopes that the many wounded will recover. These workers have been the victims of an escalating breakdown in conflict resolution, particularly in the mining industry, brought about by all the stakeholders who placed vested interests over the lives of workers. This breakdown is symptomatic of our society and body politic in South Africa,'
As tax practitioners working within a society that has been scared by violence, vigilantism, corruption, xenophobia, disrespect for the law, greed for power, influence and wealth, we need to rekindle the spirit of former President Mandela. We should answer hate and violence with grace and forgiveness.
We have come too far to see South Africa fail. Our future is not predetermined. We do not need to make the same mistakes as other failed states.
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