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Amcu in Marikana to commemorate 2012 shooting

Miners and community members will gather in Marikana to remember those who died fighting for a living wage.

Mine workers union Amcu sets up a stage in Marikana where 44 people were killed in 2012. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN"

JOHANNESBURG - Mining Union Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has set up a stage just below the koppie in Marikana, to commentate the protesters who were killed four years ago.

Lonmin mine workers embarked on an unprotected strike in 2012, demanding a minimum wage of R12,500.

A total of 44 people were killed during the violent protest, 34 of them by police, in an operation that's been highly criticised and resulted in an inquiry into National Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega.

There's a hive of activity as miners and community members gather to remember those who died fighting for a living wage.

Amcu has set up a stage near the area where the 34 miners were gunned down, flowers and candles have been placed below the stage.

The union's leaders, families of the victims and religious leaders are expected to arrive here later this morning.

NPA AND IPID STILL INVESTIGATING

The police ministry says the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the Independent Investigative Police Directorate (Ipid) are still investigating the matter and could initiate criminal proceedings.

This emerged at the launch of the police's transformation task team which will consider and implement the findings of the Farlam Commission of Enquiry.

The commission made serious adverse findings about how police managed the miners' strike which led to the deadly shooting.

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko says Ipid and the NPA are in the process of reconstructing the Marikana crime scene.

"That exercise will then determine what it is that needs to happen with regards to the implicated personnel on the scene on the day, and the starting point is the reconstruction of the scene itself."

Acting National Police Commission Khomotso Phahlane says the transformation task team will explore questions police management are currently grappling with.

"Is it a demilitarised organisation by virtue of having moved from the rank of general to commissioner? Is that enough? The work of the Transformation Committee is to find answers to those questions."

The team has until 2019 to complete its work.

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