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Remembering a massacre at a South African mine

Friday, August 16, 2013 - 01:22

(WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT) Aug. 16 - Thousands attend a memorial service at the Marikana mine in South Africa where 34 striking workers were killed a year ago by police. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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The scene outside a South African mine a year ago. Last year 34 striking platinum workers were shot dead by police -- in killings that shocked South Africa and the world. It was the bloodiest incident in post-apartheid South Africa. Now thousands gather at the site to offer prayers. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICAN COUNCIL OF CHURCHES, BISHOP JOHANNES SEOKA, ADDRESSING CROWDS, SAYING (WITH SIMULTANEOUS TRANSLATION INTO XHOSA): "We must never forget brothers and sisters that our fallen comrades did not die to divide us but to unify us as workers" For some they are still trying to make sense of what happened, when a call for higher pay ended in bloodshed. (SOUNDBITE) (Xhosa) MARIKANA MINER, WILMON SNOOKS, SAYING: "It's really heartbreaking what the police did here, killing our brothers who wanted decent salaries from the company. It is really sad. We will never forget what happened because the wives and children of the men that died here are still suffering and we still haven't heard anything about them." The leaders of the company have offered their apologies. At the memorial service they hold a moment of silence to honor those that died as they hope for a future without bloodshed.

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Remembering a massacre at a South African mine

Friday, August 16, 2013 - 01:22