Marikana: Heavy police presence ahead of Malema’s arrival

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema is expected to attend the rally.

Miners sing songs of remembrance on the Koppie in Marikana. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - There's a heavy police presence in Marikana today, ahead of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema's arrival for the two year commemoration rally.

34 miners were killed by police on 16 August 2012 in an incident that's been described as the most violent police operation in post-apartheid South Africa.

Miners, families of the victims and politicians have arrived in the area to pay tribute to those who lost their lives during the wage related protest.

Bishop Jo Seoka who was there during the protest two years ago and helped miners negotiate a higher salary says he's disappointed that government isn't there today.

"The government is not here. What does it tell us?"

The Democratic Alliance's (DA)'s Mmusi Maimane says more needs to be done to improve the lives of the community.

"Being here two years later... is that amidst a very serious crisis where lives were lost, no real intervention has been put in place."

Malema, who launched his party here is expected to address the rally later today.

He supported the miners' strike in 2012 saying they must keep pushing for a living wage.

Meanwhile, demonstrators have also gathered in Philippi in the Western Cape to mark the two year anniversary.

They say it's unacceptable that no action has been taken against the policemen who fired the fatal shots.

The demonstrators are walking along Sheffield Road, singing and holding up placards ahead of a large police contingent.

The march will conclude at the Philippi East Police Station.

There a memorandum will be handed over, seeking answers for what happened on the Koppie in the North West exactly two years ago.