Remember those killed in Marikana, says ANC

Johannesburg - The anniversary of the Marikana shooting should be a day to remember those who were killed, the African National Congress said on Saturday.

"We solemnly remember the 44 people who lost their lives in the ten days leading up to and including 16 August 2012," spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.

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.

Pressing challenges

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.

Kodwa said the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, established by President Jacob Zuma, should conclude with it's investigation into the shooting. "It is our hope that the [commission]... will soon conclude its business and provide much needed answers to our country and the world on what transpired on those fateful days in Marikana," he said.

The commission, chaired by retired judge Ian Farlam, is investigating the deaths of the 44 people that were killed.

The ANC also urged people, particularly within the mining industry to recommit themselves to resolving the pressing challenges within the sector.

"A commitment borne of the determination that such a tragedy never recurs," said Kodwa.

Phoofolo Lebohang 2014-08-16 02:14:16 PM
I cant forget that ANC government under leadership of President Jacob "Msholozi" Zuma our brothers,fathers,grandfathers,uncle and nephews were killed!
Harold Marsberg 2014-08-16 02:25:56 PM
Remember also the two security guards and the two non-striking miners hacked to death with pangas by the peaceful, striking miners!! Bunch of illiterate, uncivilized thugs!
Vivian Harris 2014-08-16 02:39:09 PM
Yes remember what government was responsible...
Lekoadi Aaron Temane 2014-08-16 02:39:23 PM
Obviously we wont forget how u killed our brothers,no need to tell us,to HELL with ANC,
Rob 2014-08-16 02:46:20 PM
ANC please don't ever forget them because you as a ruling party killed them for your own greedy intentions and motives you corrupt crooks.
Juan Pieterse 2014-08-16 02:50:40 PM
Yes anc, remember what you have done!
Andrew Stockton 2014-08-16 03:01:32 PM
ANC lost the plot and "the people" still bought their BS !!!
Shades 2014-08-16 03:29:20 PM
I have NO sympathy for violent, reckless, destructive, animalistic, striking make your bed, you lie or die in it!!
Andisile Mabhulwanyile Vena 2014-08-16 03:41:44 PM
If u know the real ANC they were not killing for the first time wid those in marikana if u want to knw more google search the word camp 34 umkatashiya then u will knw the anc
Stephen Smith 2014-08-16 03:42:15 PM
It's a pity they can't accept responsibility for this incident- it was the police under their watch that killed these people. This sitting president never apologizes for his governments actions- he is more concerned about enriching himself and his cronies. Zuma's reign should be ended because after him their is no succession plan the Zulu's will automatically ensure another Zulu leader. People this will lead to tribalist divisions within the ruling party the start of a grand scale civil war, you will see an increased in appointments of senior managers I of Zulu speakers in the Security cluster,