Anglicans support Marikana probe

2013-10-02 16:10
Ian Farlam (Picture: AP)

Ian Farlam (Picture: AP)

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Johannesburg - The Anglican Church of Southern Africa [Acsa] supports the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the Marikana shootings, the church said on Wednesday.

"Acsa passed a motion of support for the work of the... commission of inquiry," the church said in a statement, after its provincial synod meeting on Wednesday.

The commission's chairperson, retired judge Ian Farlam, was also a chancellor for the church.

"[The church] described his work as both 'responsible' and 'challenging', as he steers the inquiry into the massacre of August 2012."

The commission, sitting in Centurion, is investigating the deaths of 44 people during strike-related unrest at Lonmin's platinum mining operations at Marikana, near Rustenburg in the North West last year.

Police shot dead 34 people, mostly striking mineworkers, on 16 August 2012.

Ten people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed in the preceding week.

On Thursday, Farlam said he had asked for another extension. Zuma had agreed, and a new deadline to conclude proceedings would be announced later.

The commission was adjourned and set to continue on 14 October.
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