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Popcru anticipated to discuss Marikana deaths

The Marikana tragedy is expected to be high on the agenda at Popcru's executive committee meeting.

National Police Commissioner Mangwashi "Riah" Phiyega. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

CENTURION - The Marikana tragedy in the North West is expected to be high on the agenda at the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru's) Central Executive Committee meeting in Centurion, outside of Pretoria.

A total of 44 people were killed during violent attacks at the mining town, those include the 34 miners gunned down on 16 August during clashes between police and protesters.

The violence started when thousands of rock drill operators downed tools three weeks ago.

Several high-profile dignitaries are due to attend Saturday's gathering, including National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.

Poprcu delegates spent the morning discussing issues with their pension funds, relating to accessibility and black-listing.

Government's employee pension fund representative John Oliphant said the fund was now worth more than a trillion rand.

He said the union was working to provide members with housing loans while they were still employed and offer them financial education on avoiding debt.

Delegates further discussed the financial state of the police union.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe was supposed to open the meeting, but he cancelled at the last minute without an explanation.

Phiyega is expected to address attendees later in the afternoon.

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