Marikana hearings continue

2013-01-22 09:14
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Johannesburg - The Farlam Commission of Inquiry probing the Marikana shooting continues at the Rustenburg Civic Centre on Tuesday.

The commission heard on Monday that suggestions that police possibly suppressed or destroyed evidence of the Marikana shootings were harmful to its case.

Ishmael Semenya, for the police, said it was totally unfair to put these types of propositions to the witness.

"It is damaging to the case the SA Police Service is making," he said.

This came after Dumisa Ntsebeza, for the families of the 34 slain striking mineworkers, quizzed public order policing expert Brigadier Zephania Mkhwanazi about video footage and reviews on the shooting.

Ntsebeza said he was probing the possibility that evidence had been destroyed.

He said it was disturbing that there was no footage of police behaviour and no review of what had happened by police, despite a nine-day meeting in Potchefstroom after the shooting.

The commission is probing the deaths of 44 people during an unprotected strike at Lonmin's Marikana mine in August.

Thirty-four striking mineworkers were shot dead on 16 August 2012 and 78 wounded when police opened fire while trying to disperse a group gathered on a hill near Lonmin's platinum mine.

In the preceding week, 10 people, including two police officers and two security guards, were hacked to death near the mine.

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