Opposition leaders arrive for Marikana service

2013-08-16 12:19

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Opposition party leaders have arrived in large numbers for the Marikana commemoration service.

Agang SA leader, Dr Mamphela Ramphele, clad in guava-coloured traditional attire and a black top was the first to arrive at the service, accompanied by three bodyguards.

She was followed by “deposed” PAC leader Letlapa Mphahlele, NFP leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi, IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota, African People’s Convention leader Themba Godi, EFF leaders Kenny Kunene and Floyd Shivambu and UDM leader Bantu Holomisa.

The leaders waltzed into a gigantic white marquee erected a heartbeat away from the koppie where mine workers gathered before they were shot in a standoff a year ago.

The ANC and the National Union of Mineworkers have boycotted the anniversary, saying the event was hijacked by opposition parties.

EFF commander in chief Julius Malema is expected to arrive shortly to address the miners who are marching around the tent while singing revolutionary slogans.

Another group of miners wearing Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) T-shirts sung revolutionary songs while marching around the shacks in which many of them live.

Some of the songs they sang included “Joseph Mathunjwa (Amcu leader), pray for us” and “Dali Mpofu, please ask them why they shot us”.

Mpofu is representing the families of the wounded and arrested miners at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.

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