Motsoaledi treats Lonmin mourners

Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is helping paramedics treat mourners who collapsed at a memorial service.

Family members mourn at a memorial service for the Marikana miners who were killed in a shootout with police on 16 August 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

MARIKANA - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is helping paramedics treat mourners who have collapsed at a memorial service in Marikana.

About 2,000 people gathered for the service near the scene of last week's deadly shooting that claimed the lives of 34 people.

Motsoaledi, who was sitting with political leaders in the front, put on his surgical gloves and started helping paramedics.

Community members passed out mainly due to emotional stress and extreme heat.

Hundreds of people crammed underneath the marquee, about a kilometre away from last Thursday's shooting.

Hundreds more gathered around the tent, desperately trying to hear the church service.

At the same time, Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba has pleaded with mourners to forgive and not take revenge.

The Association for Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) is expected to hold a separate memorial service for the victims.

Services will also be held in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Meanwhile, around 1,000 striking employees at the nearby Royal Bafokeng Rasimone Platinum Mine have reportedly returned to work.

The National Union of Mineworkers (Num) said the workers gave up their strike after union officials communicated with them on the terms of their collective wage agreement.