MARIKANA, NORTH WEST – There is a heavy police presence in Marikana this morning ahead of the memorial rally to be held at the koppie in the small mining town in North West.
Saturday marks exactly two years since 34 miners were shot and killed by police.
Dozens of others were injured in the shooting.
Security is tight and police are patrolling the streets. Officers have set up roadblocks in the area and are searching cars.
Meanwhile, at the koppie, two tents have been set up as well as a large stage.
Miners have also started arriving singing and brandishing sticks.
Association of Mining and Construction Union (AMCU) President Joseph Mathunjwa is expected to deliver the key note address.
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema is expected to address the crowds as well as some families of the 34 miners killed two years ago.
Amcu is expecting members from other parts of the Platinum Belt, Klersdorp and Carletonville.
Meanwhile, the DA parliament leader Mmusi Maimane and the lawyer for Lonmin miners of those affected by the events two years ago are present at the gathering.
Overnight, some miners held a vigil on the koppie ahead of today’s commemorations.