Marikana anniversary a day of reflection - Zuma

Johannesburg - The anniversary of the Marikana shooting should be a day of reflection and recommitment to peace and tolerance in the country, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday.

"We cannot bring back those who lost their lives, but we must ensure that there is never a repeat of the tragic and painful incidents of August 2012," he said in a statement.

"We need to recommit ourselves to ensuring that violence is never again used to solve problems of any kind in our country."

He said the country had laws and institutions which dealt with disagreements and found solutions.

These should be utilised to avoid the senseless loss of life during labour disputes.

Commemoration rally

Forty-four people were killed during strike-related violence at Lonmin's platinum mining operations at Marikana, near Rustenburg in the North West, in August 2012.

Thirty-four people, mostly striking mineworkers, were shot dead in a clash with police, over 70 were wounded, and over 250 arrested on 16 August 2012.

Saturday is the two year anniversary of the shooting.

A commemoration rally for the shooting was being held in Wonderkop near Marikana. Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema and Democratic Alliance Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane were expected to speak at the rally.

Mining communities

It could not be confirmed on Friday whether any government officials would be attending the event.

Last year, government was absent from the one-year commemoration.

Zuma on Saturday said government had committed itself to revitalising distressed mining communities, which included those in Marikana.

"Nothing will ever take away the pain felt by the loved ones of all those who died in Marikana.

"We extend yet again, our deep-felt condolences to all families who lost their loved ones in Marikana," he said.

Tsotsibaby Kellogg's Corn Flakes 2014-08-16 12:13:21 PM
ANC and European capitalists massacred 34 people at Marikana. Our black brothers colluded with the capitalists to mass murder unarmed protestors. Cereal the bufallo Ramaphosa must be brought before the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. This scum profits from the blood of the tyrannized, a boer in a black mask #ASIJIKi
proudlysa 2014-08-16 12:19:23 PM
Kellogg's, what about the security guards and policemen that the miners killed in the days bore Marikana? Storming the police with weapons on the day? What happens is tragic but there are two sides to the story
Motho Fela 2014-08-16 12:21:22 PM
Why do we have to have have this staff??? Always reminding us of what happen long time ago. It happen and it passed, now can we all move on and 6million jobs be created.
Rob 2014-08-16 12:26:25 PM
Zuma you murderer and crook rather don't comment as you are in no position to do so. If issues were resolved long before this crisis happened this would never had happened in the first place. Your greed and the greed of your extended family as well as your close allies in your circle of trust are more worried about themselves than governing the country and uplifting the lives of the marginalised in SA. If you see an opportunity your greed kicks in and then you make it a deal for your family or friends like the Gupta's. The Gupta's must be deported and their lawless empire closed in Grayston Office Park in Sandton.
Fumani Gija 2014-08-16 12:31:17 PM
You JZ and your friend deserve to rot in jail you bustards. You Massacred people now u busy talking cramp. What reflection are you talking of? Ntli stupid illiterate leader
Nomcebo Ngidi 2014-08-16 12:35:52 PM
What happened at Marikana is painful,people must not be selective those who died pre 16 August must also be remembered
Terence Wessels 2014-08-16 12:40:38 PM
Marikana is your sharpville. Bald, lying, corrupt thief. He used to make me angry. Now I'm disgusted and ashamed.
Lucy Afarensis 2014-08-16 12:51:57 PM
@Buffalo Bull: You should at least know how to spell this historical event properly! Sharpeville, heck!!
Joseph Martin Mthethwa 2014-08-16 12:52:13 PM
I personal don't trust Zuma....
Nhlahla David 2014-08-16 01:06:53 PM
Hire some rangers to shot the Buffalo.