South Africa

Images of Marikana, August 16, 2013

By Greg Nicolson 16 August 2013

On August 16, thousands of people returned to the infamous koppies in Marikana for the commemoration marking one year since 34 people were killed by police. GREG NICOLSON brings you the photos.

Photo: Miners chant slogans during the one-year anniversary commemorations to mark the killings of 34 striking platinum miners shot dead by police outside the Lonmin Marikana platinum mine in Rustenburg, 100 km (62 miles) northwest of Johannesburg, August 16, 2013. South Africa’s government and ruling African National Congress (ANC) party said they were staying away from the commemorations on Friday. The decision revealed political splits and tensions still surrounding the so-called “Marikana Massacre”, which was the bloodiest security incident since the end of apartheid in 1994. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Photo: Well over 5,000 people attended the event, which featured creative performances and speeches by workers, Lonmin management, religious leaders, lawyers involved in the Marikana Commission, and multiple political parties. (Greg Nicolson)

Photo: Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema had many supporters in the crowd and he used his speech to lambast President Jacob Zuma, the police and Lonmin management for not accepting responsibility for the 16 August massacre. (Greg Nicolson)