Holomisa receives hero's welcome in Marikana

The UDM leader Bantu Holomisa says a lot of Marikana people have lost faith in the ANC.

The United Democratic Movement's leader Bantu Holomisa. Picture: EWN.

MARIKANA - United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa said he was surprised by the hero's welcome he received today in Marikana in the North West.

Thousands of people gathered at the koppi, where 34 Lonmin miners were shot dead in August 2012, to hear him speak.

A total of 45 people died in the North West township during a six-week unprotected strike that saw Lonmin employees turn their backs on the National Union of Mineworkers and the African National Congress (ANC).

Holomisa was in Marikana to commemorate Human Right's Day with the miners.

"I was surprised to see many people wearing UDM t-shirts and I think they are happy that they have a political home with us."

He said today's visit to the township was evidence that the ANC and its allies lost favour amongst the mineworkers.