South Africa commemorates Marikana miners' deaths

The first anniversary of the shooting at Lonmin's Marikana mine in South Africa is being commemorated today.

A miner leads his fellow workers as they chant slogans during the one-year anniversary commemorations. Credit: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Thousands of co-workers and relatives of the 34 miners shot dead by South African police during a wage strike, have gathered to mark the anniversary of their deaths.

The event will culminate in a moment of silence shortly after 2pm, around the same time a year ago police opened fire at the foot of the hill.