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Workers commemorate Marikana massacre
A year after police killed 34 miners in South Africa workers gather to remember their fallen comrades.
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2013 10:09
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Marikana, South Africa - They came in their thousands to the vacant plot of land between the rocks and shacks. Mothers and fathers, brothers, sisters, and wives descended to the outskirts of Marikana to pay their respects to the 34 miners killed by police on August 16, 2012, in the most of brutal of police operations in South Africa's near history.

Altogether some 44 people were killed in a spate of inter-union violence and police brutality over six days of tensions in this mining town in the north west province in South Africa. The killings shocked the country, brought back memories of apartheid-type brutality against the black population, and was a chilling reminder that so little in South Africa has changed for the majority. Marikana shifted the political playing field, ushering in a quest for new representation over a tired liberation movement losing touch with its people. It also prompted concerns over the rising discontentment of the country's working class, fast losing patience with government excuses.

But while the commemoration was devastating, the mood in Marikana was far from sombre. Workers, opting to take the day off work, sat in the dry winter's sun for close on the entire day, chanting, praying, singing and even dancing collectively in remembrance of their colleagues. They were joined by workers from the surrounding platinum mines who travelled to pay homage to the fallen workers, they identified with the workers of Marikana and their persistence to gain a better standard of life.


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Thousands of workers went to the infamous hill where their comrades were shot.
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They chanted, and danced in memory of the deadly strikes a year ago.
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Mothers, wives and girl friends of miners said their men deserved better working conditions for working underground.
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Many miners lost colleagues and friends in the ensuing violence last year.
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Despite the festivity, the underlying frustration with their living conditions still etched on people's faces.
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Workers say their strength, as it always has been, remains in maintaining numbers.
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While residents of the informal settlement don't have water, temporary toilets and drinking water was set up for the commemoration.
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Workers remain unsure how their lives are likely to improve in the coming months and years.
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A curious mix of theatre, speeches and prayers dominated the proceedings.
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They climbed the pylons, the rocks to get a glimpse of the events on stage.
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Though the commemoration proceeded peacefully, many seemed to leave the field embittered.
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