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Marikana - Methodist Church Bishop Paul Verryn appealed for peace at the Marikana commemoration on Friday.
“Think about your enemy Ä whether it is the National Union of Mineworkers, Solidarity, Uasa, or Amcu,” Verryn said in a sermon.
“I will not allow my enemy to destroy me... I will turn my enemy into a friend.”
He said when people sought the truth they should not use violence.
“How could people be killed like dogs... How could we kill each other?”
Friday marked the first year after 44 people were killed during a strike at Lonmin Platinum's Marikana operations outside Rustenburg in North West last year.
Thirty-four mineworkers were killed when police fired on them on August 16 while attempting to disperse and disarm them. The workers Ä armed with spears, pangas, iron rods, and knobkerries Ä had gathered on top of a hill. Ten people, including two police officers and security guards, died in the preceding week.
There have been several killings in the Marikana area after that, including officials of the NUM and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union.