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Zuma returns to Lonmin

It is understood President Jacob Zuma has returned to Lonmin's Marikana Mine to address miners.

Zuma visits marikana patients

JOHANNESBURG - It is understood President Jacob Zuma has returned to Lonmin's Marikana Mine in the North West on Wednesday, almost a week after a bloody shooting that left 34 people dead.

A total of 44 people lost their lives at the mine during a week of violence there which was sparked by an illegal strike.

Around 3000 rock drill operators downed tools earlier in August to demand higher wages.

Last week Thursday, police opened fire on protesting miners, killing 34 and injuring 78.

Zuma went to the area last Friday and visited injured protestors in hospital.

He also set up an inter-ministerial committee to probe the killings, and also mooted a commission of inquiry.

Some community members said they did not want Zuma to return to the area because he did not prioritise the striking miners during his visit last week.

Former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema also called for the president to step down because he failed to stop the shooting from happening.