North West govt not invited to Marikana rally

Johannesburg - North West government officials were not attending the Marikana commemoration rally on Saturday held in honour of 44 people killed in strike-related unrest two years ago.

Premier Supra Mahumapelo's spokesperson Sam Mokaila said the provincial government had not received an invite to the event.

"Had we received an invite, we would have attended it," he said.

Earlier, Mahumapelo said the province honoured the spirits of the people who were killed during the violence at the Lonmin Platinum Mine in August 2012.

"[We] wish all bereaved families comfort as they are once more reminded of this fateful day," he said in a statement.

"We pay our respects to the women of Marikana and all areas who continue to carry the burden of raising and supporting their households without the support of their departed partners."

Saturday marked two years since the police opened fire on striking mineworkers, killing 34 of them.

Ten other people, including two police officers and two security guards were killed in strike-related violence in the preceding week.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane and leader of the EFF Julius Malema were among who were expected to address the crowd.

President Jacob Zuma said this was a day of reflection.

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

It could not be confirmed whether any national government officials would be attending the event. Last year, government was absent from the one-year commemoration.

Thobile Ngcobo 2014/08/16 09:31:30 PM
i don't think the NW government needed any invite as they have more important things to do rather than going to where they are not needed as they are referred to as 'murderers' by all the staunch sympathisers of the affected families.
Solomon Lebelo 2014/08/16 09:55:37 PM
We jst dnt nid ANC which is the government attending our commemorations,they r guilty of murdering our pple
Nndweleni Sigonde 2014/08/16 10:32:30 PM
What is the main objective of the rally if they do not invite govnmnt officials?are they trying to divide the governmnt and the people of marikana?
Seshike Samuel Mmoledi 2014/08/16 11:22:05 PM
I think the ruling party could have attended,because for them not attending that memorial service or annivasary will show that they have no mercy for dead miners and their families,they could have attended so that they also tell society the truth of what happened and as government what will they do to rebuild the lifes of citizens and victims of Marikana.
Mbali Lihle Mbatha Ngcobo 2014/08/17 06:51:49 AM
I don't think they can be safe around them
Michael Gope 2014/08/17 08:25:28 AM
In African culture u dont get invited to a funeral or mourning, u go bcos u feel the pain.
Zithulele Malombo Radebe 2014/12/03 06:30:21 AM
I support the ANC government but I personally not in support of Wat our leaders are commenting on because they where the ones who should know and make sure that they attend this ceremony and again they where suppose to be the one who where organising for the ceremony of our fellow ANC brothers and sisters