MPs pay respect to Lonmin victims

MPs have sent their condolences to the families of the miners killed at Lonmin's Marikana mine.

The South African flag flies at half-mast in honour of those who lost their lives in the Marikana shooting. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Members of Parliament (MPs) and religious leaders on Tuesday gathered in the Old Assembly Chamber to pay their respects to the mineworkers killed in violent clashes last week.

At least 34 people were shot dead by police during a violent standoff at Lonmin's Marikana mine on Thursday.

Deputy Speaker Nomaindiya Mfeketho expressed condolences on behalf of MPs.

She difficult questions must be asked in Parliament, and called on the country to start the process of healing.

At the same time, religious leaders called on politicians to bridge the gap between those living in abject poverty and those living in luxury.

They called for strong leadership to guide the country through this time of sorrow.

Meanwhile, former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema is expected to lay criminal charges against those responsible for the Lonmin bloodbath.

He believes the officers, who claim they shot the miners in self defence, should answer for their actions in a court of law.

Others have criticised Malema, saying he is using the tragedy to revive his political career.