Parties and miners commemorate Marikana annivesary

By Drum Digital
16 August 2014

Saturday 16 August marked two years since the Marikana massacre where 34 miners were shot dead in a clash with the police.

By Nomzamo Ngcobo

The mineworkers were demanding a minimum wage of R12 500 in a protest march.

People came in numbers on Saturday to commemorate on the koppie, where the miners' lifeless bodies laid after the massacre.

The event was attended by miners, the Marikana widows, family members of the late miners, EFF leader Julius Malema, COPE leader Mosiuoa Lekota, the DA's  Mmusi Maimane and different church leaders.

The was a heavy police presence during the event.

Speaking on behalf of the late miners' families, Molife Ntsoele 's widow told the crowd that they (widows) are still waiting to hear what happened to their husbands.

Among the speakers was also Andile Yawa who said his son was the youngest of the miners who died.

Julius Malema told the crowd that the EFF will build houses for the Marikana widows who don't have houses and buy school uniforms for the late miners' children.

"We want to  teach the ruling party how to take care of the poor", Malema told the crowd.

COPE leader Mosiuoa Lekota also addressed the crowd. He said the government must answer the question of "who gave the command?"

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