Marikana inquiry extended again

2014-04-25 21:03
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Johannesburg - The term of the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into 44 deaths in Marikana, North West, in 2012 has been extended to 31 July, the presidency said on Friday.

It had become evident that the commission would not be able to complete its investigation by 30 April, spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

The commission, led by retired Judge Ian Farlam, is probing deaths at Lonmin's platinum mining operations in Marikana.

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

In the preceding week, 10 people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed in strike-related violence.

In October last year, President Jacob Zuma granted the inquiry a third extension, to 30 April.

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