Marikana families believe ceremony will bring calm
North West police say Monday's cleansing ceremony at the mine was peaceful.
JOHANNESBURG - The families of those killed at Lonmin's Marikana mine are hoping the cleansing ceremony will bring calm to the troubled mining sector.
Over 40 people were killed during an illegal strike at the North West platinum mine last year.
On Monday thousands of people gathered at the koppie where 34 miners were gunned down by police to conduct cultural rituals.
A further 10 people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed during the violent strike in the preceding week.
The Bojanala Platinum District Municipality's Archie Babeile says the community believes the ceremony will ease tensions between the various parties.
"They flocked [to the koppie] in numbers with the hope that after the cleansing ceremony things will change and life will get better in the community here.
"The families don't belong to a particular union. They came here to exercise this practice so that they can heal the scars in their hearts."
Meanwhile, North West police confirmed on Monday the cleansing ceremony at the mine was peaceful.
The police's Babata Mokgwabone said they were satisfied with how union members conducted themselves at the ceremony.
"We are satisfied with everything thus far. The event has finished and no incidents reported."
A commission of inquiry instituted by President Jacob Zuma after the mass killings is underway to determine what happened on the day in question.
Miners were demanding better salaries when clashes broke out with police.