South Africa marks 7th anniversary of Marikana massacre

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JOHANNESBURG South Africans on Friday commemorated the seventh anniversary of the Marikana massacre, which saw 34 mineworkers brutally gunned down by police during a strike at the Lonmin platinum mine in North West province.

"The Marikana tragedy stands out as the darkest moment in the life of our young democracy,'' President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is currently on an official visit to Tanzania, wrote on his Twitter account.

16, 2012, police opened fire on hundreds of mineworkers in the small mining town of Marikana while they were striking to demand a monthly minimum wage of 12,500 rand ($860) from their employer, British mining giant Lonmin.

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