Marikana: Nation remembers shootings today

Hundreds are expected to gather at the Koppie today to pay tribute to those who lost their lives.

Crosses on the koppie in Marikana, where 34 miners were killed in a standoff with police on 16 August 2012. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

MARIKANA - The country is remembering the shooting of 34 miners at Marikana which occurred exactly two years ago today.

They were shot dead by police during a violent protest at Lonmin's Marikana mine.

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

Hundreds of people are expected to gather in the area today for a commemoration rally.

When the violence escalated in Marikana two years ago, North West Police Commissioner Zukiswa Mbombo decided to take control of the situation.

"Today we will end the violence." She said.

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry is still ongoing and despite several people testifying, families of the victims are still waiting for answers.

This week Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa testified as he was a shareholder of Lonmin at the time.

"I deeply regret the deaths of the people," Ramaphosa said.

"He killed them, he killed the people at Marikana." Miners at the commission shouted.

During his testimony the deputy president was heckled, with miners calling him a "sell-out", "killer", a "buffalo head" and saying he has blood on his hands.

But for the families who are still staying in Maraikana it's been a traumatic ordeal.

The shootings in Marikana have been compared to the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre and described as one of the most violent police operations in post-apartheid South Africa.

Hundreds of community members are expected to gather at the Koppie today to pay tribute to those who lost their lives.

Video: Remembering the fallen.