Marikana commission resumes

By Drum Digital
06 January 2014

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry will resume its public hearings in Pretoria on Monday.

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry will resume its public hearings in Pretoria on Monday.

The commission, chaired by retired judge Ian Farlam, is investigating the deaths of 44 people during labour-related unrest at Lonmin's platinum mining operations at Marikana, near Rustenburg, in North West.

On August 16, 2012, 34 people, mostly striking miners, were shot dead and 78 were wounded when police fired on a group gathered at a hill near the mine while attempting to disperse and disarm them.

In the preceding week, 10 people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed.

Matthew Chaskalson SC  is expected to continue cross-examining Brigadier Adriaan Calitz when the commission resumes.

Calitz was the commander in charge of the police on the scene the day of the shooting.

The commission was expected to complete its investigation, including the gathering of evidence and concluding the public hearings, by April 30.

- SAPA

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