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JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma said allegations that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was responsible for the Marikana massacre were groundless.
On Thursday night, he released the findings of the Marikana Commission into the death of 44 people, following violence at Lonmin&39;s Marikana mine on 16 August 2012.
Zuma said the police drew up an operational plan which entailed the unsettlement of a relatively small group of strikers who would be on the koppie early in the morning.
This phase was only capable of being implemented early in the morning when there would be a relatively small group of strikers.
Instead, the unsettlement plan was replaced by the tactical option which was defective in a number of respects.
The commission found that a police operation should not have taken place on 16 August because of the defects in the plan.
Report of the Marikana Commision of Inquiry