‘Declare Marikana day a public holiday’

A formal application will be made by Anglican Bishop Johannes Seoka and the Marikana Support Group to have August 16, the day 34 mine workers were killed in Marikana, be declared a public holiday.

“It is appropriate to campaign for August 16 to be a public holiday. Those workers did not die accidentally, they were massacred,” Seoka was quoted by the Sowetan as saying.

“We must honour those fallen workers ... Their children will know their parents died for a good cause.”

The application would be made to the department of home affairs. The newspaper did not say when it would be made.

On August 16 2012, 34 people, mostly striking mineworkers, were shot dead in a clash with police near Lonmin mine in Marikana, North West. More than 70 others were wounded.

In the preceding week, 10 people, including two police officers and two security guards, were killed.

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry was established to investigate the deaths.

The commission concluded in November last year after a sitting lasting 300 days.

The commissioners were to prepare a final report, which would be submitted to President Jacob Zuma in March.

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