Marikana commission visits mine hostels, shafts

2012-10-02 09:03

The commission of inquiry into the deaths of 46 people who died during the Lonmin mine strike is today continuing with an inspection of the areas afflicted by the violence of the past two months.

The commission, which was appointed by President Jacob Zuma, started its work at the Rustenburg Civic Centre yesterday.

On the day, members of the commission, led by retired judge Ian Farlam, visited the site of the shooting in Marikana where 34 people were killed on August 16.

Police crime scene experts Warrant Officer Patrick Thamae and Captain Apollo Motlhaki pointed out the scenes where bodies of the dead and cartridges of R5 rifles, 9mm pistols and rubber bullets were found after the shooting.

A group of protesters, carrying placards saying police should not get away with murder, chanted near the scene.

At mid-morning today the commission continued its inspection of the Lonmin offices in Wonderkop where the violent clashes are believed to have started on August 9.

The commission, including lawyers representing victims, unions and NGOs, are expected to visit the mine hostels, shafts and other areas where violent clashes took place today.

The areas include the Nkaneng informal settlement, which was, until two weeks ago, the scene of violent clashes between residents and police.

Yesterday, a lawyer spotted a 9mm cartridge near the site where 14 of the bodies were discovered.

Police forensic experts placed a rock near the cartridge and planned to return later to retrieve it for verification.

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