Marikana memorial service starts

2012-08-23 11:31

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.

  • joseph.brooks.50309 - 2012-08-23 11:35

    mmmmm ok

      mparaya.mokopane - 2012-08-23 11:54

      Josef is that what you can say,you're a FOOL.

      johnny.coetzee.3 - 2012-08-23 12:05

      Thanks News24 for letting us know when it started. Please let us know when it ended. mparaya - what about a memorial for the police officers killed. The miners were agressive thugs !

      joseph.brooks.50309 - 2012-08-23 12:05

      @mparaya.mokopane - WHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-08-23 12:07

      @curriemafia- You know just how to start a debate dont you LOL Well sd *noted sarcasm*

  • claudia.meads - 2012-08-23 11:38

    During every hour of the duration of this service, almost four South Africans are killed, who mourns for them..? The only appropriate 'memorial service' in SA will mourn a country under siege of one of the worst governments on earth.

      hell.hound.1614 - 2012-08-23 11:49

      My question is, where is the service for the 2 police officers killed by the illegal strikers?

      rodney.overes - 2012-08-23 12:04

      This for a crowd of Gangsters armed with,PANGAS, SPEARS,Pipes and KNOBKIERIES stormed the police and while retreating they fired to defend themselves , as this same crowd of GANGSTERS also killed ;2 police men; 2 security and 6 innocent victims that just wanted to go to work to feed there family's. But only in South Africa you arrive at a wage negotiation armed to the teeth just in-case you don't like what your boss offers you..This is how we see it in Europe.

      rodney.overes - 2012-08-23 12:06

      And no memorial service for police in the good country, why they do not count in Zumas books

  • rick.kabose - 2012-08-23 11:40

    Anything for a party and to not do their job,talking about all those ministers.Policing and health in crisis,but noooooooo, let's go to a memorial for criminals instead.

  • altusvanzyl - 2012-08-23 11:46

    Who cares? They were voilent criminals storming the police. Dumn morons believing bullets will bounce of them. Killed security guards and a police officer. I couldn't care less.

      mparaya.mokopane - 2012-08-23 12:00

      Typical white tendency,say something constructive for once in your life,it's healthy for thinking pattern.HUSBANDS,FATHERS,UNCLES AND MENTORS died for God'sake and you're busy spewing diarrhea...

      hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-23 12:03

      These services are encouragement for similar future violence and deaths.

      robert.cerff - 2012-08-23 12:29

      Um... mparaya.mokopane... what about the poor police offices and security guards? No mention of them to date. The miners were firing on the policemen. The miners were illegally striking... they were violent and met their end. End of story really. I would expect the police to shoot at me if I did that.

      templar.known - 2012-08-23 12:34

      Mamparra – let’s look at this closely: Hundreds of rioters armed with spears, pangas, axes, knobkierries and other tools of death storm 300 odd policemen, with a clear intent to kill/maim/injure the cops. In the preceding week these husbands/fathers/uncles and mentors (go figure people) already killed, or caused the death of 10 people and injured who knows how many. They also cost their employer millions in lost production and they were absent from work illegally. So, the cops shoot a few of these out of control, drugged up, violent criminals to protect themselves. What’s the problem?

      Havokreeka - 2012-08-23 12:42

      Mparaya, those weren't fathers and sons killed, those were thugs killed. Good riddance, they should have thrown a party to celebrate 34 less idiots on the planet.

      johnny.coetzee.3 - 2012-08-23 12:43

      Yes mparaya, they are indeed "HUSBANDS,FATHERS,UNCLES AND MENTORS" and to fulfill these rolls you should set an example to others ! I personally will not look up to one of these machete wielding thugs !!

  • mike.dufham.7 - 2012-08-23 11:56

    Can now up the stakes from 34 to 1000

  • pieter0827006294 - 2012-08-23 12:02

    Shivambu said "government officials would not be welcome". Now what Shivambu?

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-08-23 12:05

    And the sangoma is nowhere to be found!!!

      johnny.coetzee.3 - 2012-08-23 12:10

      The (innovative) sangoma made a "killing" that day... smiling all the way to the bank !

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-08-23 12:10

    Who cares , Whats the weather like in zim ?

  • setshiro - 2012-08-23 12:17

    OK!!! What about memorial service for the 10 mine workers who murdered at the hands of these gruesome protesters??? I wonder how they are feeling. Cos i know if I were in their shoes, I would feel like I was being deserted by the government, malema and the media. Cos surely the media is acting like only victims are those who were shot by the police. By the way, what did they die for???

  • kooskanmar - 2012-08-23 12:20

    In all honesty - They stormed armed Police men and woman armed to the teeth. They killed, they wanted to kill, and they got killed. I don't feel sorry for the men that cut the jaws off those security guards and then set them alight. I don't feel sorry for their families. I feel sorry for the INNOCENT people and their families. This memorial is nothing more than a political who's who's.

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-08-23 12:23

    if the anc govt and c r did not have a hidden agenda this could have been avoided. well there will be empty promises and commission of enquiry at tax payers monies for a futile exercise and vote catching. always in hindsight.

  • chanel.pringle - 2012-08-23 12:27

    What about a service for the police that died????? OR ARE THEY JUST THE FORGOTTEN!!! WEEK of mourning the dead mine workers but WHAT about the police that died??? They were just doing their jobs!! @mparaya.mokopane what you saying is wrong!!!! Yeah they were husbands,fathers,uncles and mentors but they were out to cause harm!!! Why would you go to a riot with weapons??? PlEASE explain that to me! Or am I just a "typical white" that is spewing diarrhea?

      mparaya.mokopane - 2012-08-23 12:49

      Which harm did those poor innocent men cause??? hey??.They were just carrying PANGAA,knobkerries,assegais and sticks as part of their practices and cultures since the majority were ZULUS,Xhosas and foreigners.The police intimidated them,police went there with a mission to KILL and got what they wanted.We're left with less that a month for things to change in this country,come Mangaung YOUR beloved president ZOOMER is out.Kgalema,Malema(all ending with "lema") will take power.

      moi.carla.1980 - 2012-08-23 13:15

      @mparaya - "Which harm did those poor innocent men cause??? hey??.They were just carrying PANGAA,knobkerries,assegais and sticks as part of their practices and cultures since the majority were ZULUS,Xhosas and foreigners." Based on the comment above, I can only assume that you are a troll and have nothing better to do with your time, other than trying your utmost to stir. "poor innocent men"? Really? So the 2 policeman, security guards and other 6 miners hacked and beat themselves to death, did they? The "poor innocent men" in the mob that were carrying guns, was it just for decoration too? You may choose to be selectively blind, the rest of us are looking at the whole picture.

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-08-23 12:42

    Are those 10 that the protesters killed included in the memorial?

  • Michael - 2012-08-23 12:53

    And in attendance at the 34 criminals memorial service - a bunch of ANC criminals, posturing, and campaigning.

  • setshiro - 2012-08-23 12:54

    In America , man was shot dead after he was found eating another man's face. And I don't see anyone making a fuss about it. In South Africa 3000 protesters are hacking people, to death, for reporting for work, and we say this is right. With Andries Tatiana I can sympathise cos he had not harm anyone, he didn't have any weapons with him. But the Lonmin protesters had guns and "traditional" weapons that they were (I assume) going to use to hack the anyone who stands between them and their demand. The fact is we should go before the August 16, and will see that the victims were not killed on the 16th August, but the 10 who were working trying to make earnest living for their families. I, honestly, don't see these protesters as nothing but culprits for 12 hormocide cases.

      moi.carla.1980 - 2012-08-23 13:16

      Agreed. Unfortunately, for some strange reason, there are people refusing to acknowledge the differences between this case and that of Andries.

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