Dozens arrive for Marikana anniversary

Many people are singing and dancing just below the Koppie where their colleagues were killed.

A cross erected on the Koppie after the massacre as a symbol of the lives lost two years ago in Marikana. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

MARIKANA - Dozens of people have started arriving in Marikana in the North West for a commemoration rally to pay tribute to the miners who were shot dead two years ago.

A total of 34 miners were killed by police on 16 August 2012 during a violent wage related protest which made international headlines.

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

The atmosphere is sombre as dozens of people are arriving at the Koppie where the protesters gathered in August 2012.

Many people are singing and dancing just below the Koppie where their colleagues were killed.

Families of the victims say they're still waiting to find answers from the Farlam Commission of Inquiry.

The commission was set up by President Jacob Zuma to investigate if the police were justified in using excessive force.

Democratic Alliance Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane is scheduled to arrive for the anniversary of the shooting.

The Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema is expected to address the rally.

Malema was in Marikana two years ago in the days after the shooting, supporting the miner's fight for a decent wage.

Video: Remembering Marikana.


A group of Capetonians have gathered in Philippi to commemorate the two-year anniversary of the Marikana massacre.

The demonstrators have gathered at the Philippi train station.

They're now marching through the streets of the township in memory of the 34 miners who were killed.

Some young people are carrying white wooden crosses in memory of the slain miners.

Other marchers are holding up placards which read: "Marikana..."

There's a heavy police presence following the demonstrators who say police brutality won't be tolerated any longer