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Marikana: Protesters call for harsh action against police

Several organisations joined forces to stage a demonstration at Parliament today.

Several organisations joined forces to stage a demonstration at Parliament today ahead of the two year anniversary of the Marikana shootings. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A small group of protesters are calling for harsh action against police who gunned down 34 miners in Marikana on 16 August 2012.

Several organisations joined forces to stage a demonstration at Parliament today.

Tomorrow marks exactly two-years since the Marikana massacre in the North West.

The Right2Know campaign has been joined by several student organisations in a march through the streets of Cape Town.

The demonstrators say police brutality needs to be effectively dealt with in South Africa.

Some of the protesters are holding up placards which read "charge Marikana killer cops" and " Marikana never again".

They called on government to take action against the policemen who fired at the striking miners.

MARIKANA REMEMBERED

Tomorrow marks exactly two years since 34 miners were gunned down by police.

In the days leading up to the shooting, 10 people were killed, including security guards and police officers.

A tense standoff between police officers and striking mineworkers resulted in a mass shooting that made international headlines.

Police officers say they were provoked by the miners.

But the miners say they were shot at because Lonmin mining bosses refused to listen to their wage demands.

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry is still ongoing.

A miner, known only as 'Mr X', says they planned to attack the police.

"The police, they were going to kill them. The police were defending themselves."

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who was a shareholder of Lonmin at the time, says he could have done more.

"We did fail the people of Marikana."

But it's those who were left behind, who are still battling to cope.

"When I heard the news, I was so shocked at devastated that I tried to take my own life by drinking pesticide."

The mining community is expected to gather tomorrow at the koppie, a symbol of the miners' plight, to pay tribute to those who died fighting for a better wage.