One year ago, this was the site of what became known as the Marikana massacre. People are here to commemorate the victims of South Africa’s bloodiest security incident since apartheid.
Though there will be one notable absence. The ruling ANC party are staying away, saying the event has been hijacked by the AMCU miners union who are critical of the government. ANC spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi said that, “People are taking advantage of a tragedy for their own political benefit.”
It was on August 16 2012 when the police opened fire on the wildcat strikers, killing 34 and injuring many more.
As many families still struggle to come to terms with the deaths of their loves ones, political divides threaten to overshadow the commemorations.
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