Lonmin Mine workers gather at the hill nearby the Marikana Platinum Mine in Rustenburg, South Africa, on Aug. 16, 2013.
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A mine worker prays during a ceremony on Aug. 16, to mark the first anniversary when 34 miners were killed by police.
Opponents of President Jacob Zuma turned the anniversary of South Africa's bloodiest post-apartheid mine violence into an attack on his failure to tackle poverty and inequality on Friday after his government shunned a memorial event for slain miners.
Last year's so-called "Marikana massacre" was the deadliest incident of its kind since the 1994 end of white-minority rule. It shocked South Africans and the world and drew attention to growing workers' dissatisfaction with Zuma and the ANC's rule.
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Mine workers and supporters sit on a hill waiting for a memorial service to get under way, near the Marikana, South Africa, platinum mine, on Aug. 16, where a year ago, police opened fire on fellow workers killing 34 and injuring 78.
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