Security tight ahead of Marikana commemoration

Rustenburg - Security was tight in Wonderkop outside Rustenburg, North West on Saturday ahead of the Marikana shooting commemoration.

Police were stationed at all ports of entry into the area searching cars.

A police water canon, several police vans, a fire engine and two ambulances were parked near the koppie in Nkaneng where three tents had been erected opposite a stage where the commemoration would take place.

A group of men dressed in yellow National Council of Trade Union (Nactu) T-shirts climbed the koppie singing trade union songs and wielding sticks.

Second year anniversary

A crowd of about 300 had already gathered by 10:00 to mark the second year anniversary of the Marikana shooting which resulted in the deaths of 34 striking Lonmin Platinum mineworkers.

The miners were shot dead in a clash with the police.

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

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane and Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union leader Joseph Mathunjwa were expected to address the crowd.

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

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

Alan Robertson 2014-08-16 11:34:05 AM
True justice must be seen to be done and seen to be done swiftly. ..a 2 year commission of inquiry is ridiculous.
September Mphikeleli 2014-08-16 11:48:17 AM
This day must be made public holiday please Juju push this in Parliement at least I will try to accept but if not the war is not over
Tsotsibaby Kellogg's Corn Flakes 2014-08-16 11:48:28 AM
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
Kirsty Prinsloo 2014-08-16 12:07:21 PM
So they are going to hold an event for murders and violent thugs. THIS is what is wrong with our country. Thieves, rapists and murderers are treated as heroes and are held in esteem.
Abra Dhlamini 2014-08-16 12:13:33 PM
Zabalaza!!! Mineworkers till those police& Governor, stop abusing community, it can take million years continue Zabalaza!!! Fight for your Right! Enough is enough,Deputy President, authorized Police, shot to kill! It is a crime.
Abra Dhlamini 2014-08-16 12:49:10 PM
Zabalaza!!! Mineworkers till those police& Governor, stop abusing community, it can take million years continue Zabalaza!!! Fight for your Right! Enough is enough,Deputy President, authorized Police, shot to kill! It is a crime.