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‘Ramaphosa responsible for Marikana deaths’

Miners say Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa must take responsibility for the Marikana massacre.

Miners singing and dancing at the koppie for the two year anniversary of the Marikana massacre. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Miners at the Marikana commemoration rally say Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa must take responsibility for the deaths two years ago.

The shootings were described as one of the most violent police operations in post-apartheid South Africa.

At the time Ramaphosa was a shareholder at Lonmin, and has been accused of not convincing the company to negotiate wages with the workers.

This miner who was injured during the shooting says Ramaphosa is a sellout.

"The thing that Ramaphosa did is sell out his fellow black brothers because he was anxious for money. They will also follow the same route. They will die."

Meanwhile, residents of Philippi in Cape Town says they can't believe no action has been taken against the policemen who fired at the striking mine workers.

Residents marched to the Philippi East Police Station where they handed over a memorandum of demands, seeking answers for what happened in Marikana.

Watch: Marikana widows - "We will never forget". Video: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

Earlier Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said the people of Marikana are the brave leaders of this country who have been let down by government.

Malema says despite the poor living conditions and the tragedy in which 34 miners were killed, government has done nothing to improve the lives of the Marikana community.

Watch: Philippi residents march for answers on Marikana. Video: Darwees Williams/EWN.

Malema says Marikana is the EFF's home and they will teach government how to look after the poorest of the poor by building houses for the widows who lost their husbands two years ago.

"You are the brave people. You are fearless. You are leading from the front."

Malema compared the community of Marikana to the struggle fighters in Soweto during apartheid.

"You are the Soweto of today. During apartheid, Soweto used to lead the struggle against oppression. Today people look up to Marikana."

Malema says government is to blame for the deaths of the 34 miners and has vowed to build houses for the families of the victims.

Dali Mpofu and Bishop Jo Seoka pay tribute to those who lost their lives in Marikana two years ago. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

Political leaders including the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Mmusi Maimane, Congress of the People (Cope)'s Masiwa Lekota and thousands of miners and their families are in attendance.

Watch: Gia Nicolaides takes us through the Marikana shooting.

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