SABC News - Emotions running high at Lonmin memorial service:Thursday 23 August 2012

Emotions running high at Lonmin memorial service

Thursday 23 August 2012 11:22

SABC

The memorial service, organised by the community and family of the dead Lonmin miners, is underway in Marikana in the North West. Scores of people are attending the service have gathered at the Nkaneng Informal Settlement for the main memorial service of the more than 30 miners who died last week. The mourners are highly emotional.


Religious leaders have lit candles in commemoration of those who've lost their lives during bloody clashes between striking mine workers and the police at Lonmin's Marikana mine.


Earlier, government had to abandon its memorial event in the area and join the service organised by the community. Among those attending are government representatives, opposition party leaders and the religious community.


Pastor Sakhumizi Qiqimana, who's leading the event, has consoled those who've lost their loved ones. 


The Inter-Ministerial Committee on the Lonmin tragedy, led by Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane and other stakeholders have also taken their positions in the tent where the proceedings are taking place. 

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