Political parties gather at Marikana march

2013-09-12 12:02

Supporters from most political parties are trickling into the Caledonian Stadium in Pretoria in solidarity with Marikana miners.

Members of political parties – the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Agang SA, Democratic Alliance, Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and Congress of the People – were seen singing their party songs.

Supporters of the Association of Mining and Construction Union were also present, seen sporting green berets.

Earlier, the march seemed more like a political rally with parties singing and dancing off as they arrived and waited outside the stadium. EFF and DA supporters sang “Sibatshelili uyeza uJuju” and “Sibatshelile uyeza uZille” (We told them Juju/Zille is coming).

Families of the slain miners have also arrived to support the march.

The miners are slowly arriving in busloads at the stadium where the march to the Union Buildings will start.

The miners are planning on appealing to President Jacob Zuma to assist in funding Advocate Dali Mpofu and the team that is representing the wounded and arrested miners at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.

Mpofu is also taking part in the march but has refused to comment.

Other influential people who have joined the march under the banner of Citizens for Marikana are Bishop Joe Seoka and IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

Police are on full alert with Superintendent Hilda Mohale of the Tshwane metro police saying that traffic will be disrupted on Pretorius Street, Nelson Mandela Street and Madiba Street.

Thousands of marchers are expected.

- City Press

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