Expelled ANC Youth leader Julius Malema has urged workers from other mines to join their Lonmin compatriots at Marikana in striking for wage increases.
Malema addressed a few thousand miners and residents of the town near the scene of Thursday's confrontation between police and striking miners, which claimed the lives of 34 miners.
Malema blamed his usual culprits for the violence, saying President Jacob Zuma and police minister Nathi Mthethwa were in charge of the police force that fired on the miners. He called on them to resign.
In a stinging attack, Malema slammed the police's handling of the incident, saying live ammunition should never have been used. He said: "Even if you threaten police, they have no right to use live ammunition against civilians. The minister of Police must step down because this massacre was committed under his supervision, the same thing with President Zuma, he must step down."
Shanduka will meanwhile contribute R2 million towards the burial of the 34 men who were killed at the Lonmin mine
Malema also lashed out at businessman Cyril Ramaphosa for having shares in Lonmin mine, but failing to influence management to effect wage hikes.
Ramaphosa's investment holding company Shanduka will meanwhile contribute R2 million towards the burial of the 34 men who were killed at the Lonmin mine.
The company has condemned the violence. It says it is critical that all parties take meaningful steps to ensure that something like this never happens again.