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Marikana: Two years on

16 August marks two years since the death of 34 Marikana miners at the hands of police.

A congregation holds a prayer session at the scene of the Lonmin's Marikana shooting on 19 August 2012. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - It's been two years since the violent protest in Marikana in which a total of 44 people died and still no one has taken responsibility for the deaths.

Saturday 16 August 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 Marikana 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."

On Saturday the mining community will gather at the koppie, a symbol of the miners' plight, to pay tribute to those who died fighting for a better wage.

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