Marikana memorial service starts

2012-08-23 11:31
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Rustenburg - More than a thousand Wonderkop residents gathered under a white marquee at the edge of the Nkaneng informal settlement on Thursday for the memorial service of the Lonmin mine Marikana shootings.

A second marquee was placed alongside the larger one to accommodate the overflow of mourners. Those without a place to sit carried umbrellas to shield themselves from the morning sun.

A priest took the stage and led the mourners in hymns before leading them along in cries of "hallelujah".

SABC radio news reported that the government abandoned its memorial service to join the community's one.

Attending the service were Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, Co-operative Governance Minister Ricard Baloyi, North West Premier Thandi Modise, Rustenburg Mayor Mpho Khonou, and former ANC Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu.

A large stage, with banks of speakers, was erected on the site where the shooting took place last Thursday. Musical instruments were laid out on the stage.

Presidency spokesperson Harold Maloka told Sapa the names of the 34 protesters could only be released with permission from their families.
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