Tense mine situation must not be used for politicking: iLIVE
It seems South Africans love to play the blame game when things go wrong.
First, the unions were blamed when the Marikana conflict unfolded because they are part of the bargaining council debating labour issues.
We all saw the footage of what was happening on the mountain before the massacre, but we did nothing to convince workers to return to work.
Those guys were armed. It reminded me of the civil wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone, where people's hands were chopped off.
Politicians visited after the Marikana shooting to point fingers at the police. I agree with former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema that this was just political posing.
In Rwanda, the civil war was started by the word "cockroach", so we need to watch our tongues, especially when posing for the cameras.
The situation is tense and we need people with sober minds, not political point-scorers, to intervene. I still believe our police force is well-trained, and that officers will put their bodies on the line when asked to do so.