Memorial services held for South African miners killed during strike (+video)
The day should be an opportunity for the nation to 'mourn and promote a violence-free society,' said South Africa President Zuma in a statement. Still the question remains: Who is responsible for the shooting?
MARIKANA, South Africa
Grieving families are mourning at memorial services for 34 striking miners killed by police, as the nation in shock asks who gave the orders and who must be blamed.
Memorial services are being held across the country for South Africans to honor all those killed violently in a country with one of the world's highest murder and rape rates.
1,000 people in Marikana
More than 1,000 people attended the memorial service in Marikana arranged by the government.
The relative of a miner killed in last week's shootings said he wants to see some arrests.
"If it were me I'd want everyone who was involved in this incident including the mine managers to be arrested, the whole lot of them, because a person's life is not worth money," Ubuntu Akumelisine told the AP.
Mungiswa Mphumza, the sister of a dead miner from Eastern Cape, said she was at peace.
"We have accepted everything that has happened and we ask that the dead rest in peace, there is nothing that we can do at the moment, what has happened has happened. God takes what he likes," Mphumza said.
President Jacob Zuma called on the nation to commemorate not only the miners but all victims of South Africa's violence.
Thirty-four miners were killed last Thursday when police opened fire on charging strikers. Another 10 people, including miners and police officers, died in the days before.