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Dlamini-Zuma chased away from Marikana koppie

It’s understood Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was planning to lay a wreath on the koppie where 34 miners were shot dead by police in 2012.

FILE: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has been chased away from the site of the Marikana massacre in the North West.

It’s understood Dlamini-Zuma was planning to lay a wreath on the koppie where 34 miners were shot dead by police in 2012.

But a group of men wearing Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) T-shirts chased her away.

Amcu leader Joseph Mathunjwa says they were concerned about the way Dlamini-Zuma had approached the site.

“We advise that she rather approach the national office of Amcu and that office will take it up with branch structures and also communicate with the widows about her visit.”

The union has also indicated that the area where the miners were killed is not a political space.

MARIKANA COMMEMORATION

Last week hundreds of miners, community members and religious leaders gathered at the koppie in Marikana to commemorate the 34 protesters who were shot and killed by police exactly five 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 has been highly criticised.

Thousands of community members gathered where a stage was erected at the foot of the infamous koppie.

Mathunjwa and others paid tribute to those who lost their lives.

It’s been five years since the massacre and for many of the surviving miners and families of the victims, not much has changed.

The community lives in squalor, the families say they are still waiting for compensation and no one has been charged with the murders.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: 34 miners killed by police in Marikana

WARNING: GRAPHIC VISUALS

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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