Parliament, Cape Town - Parliament will convene a National Assembly sitting on Tuesday to discuss the Lonmin mine shooting, African National Congress Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga said.

He said on Monday he had called an urgent multi-party chief whip forum to discuss the matter.

“It is indeed deeply saddening that people should lose their lives in such a gruesome manner.”

MPs, accompanied by church leaders, would hold a memorial service at noon before the National Assembly debate.

“We commend the president's decision to declare a week of mourning starting today, and the flying of our national flags at half-mast,” Motshekga said.

Thirty-four miners were killed on Thursday, with a further 78 injured. - Sapa