Marikana inquiry to hear evidence

2012-10-03 10:03
A police officer with a Marikana miner. (File, AFP)

A police officer with a Marikana miner. (File, AFP)

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Rustenburg - The judicial commission of inquiry into the shooting at the Lonmin platinum mine was expected to start looking at evidence on Wednesday.

The commission, sitting in Rustenburg and chaired by retired judge Ian Farlam, would look at presentations of forensic evidence, hear from crime scene experts, and receive a post-mortem report. It would also examine pathology reports and video footage.

Earlier in the week the commission was told that a police ballistics report would only be ready at the end of October.

Thirty-four miners were killed and 78 wounded when police opened fire on them while trying to disperse protesters near Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana on August 16.

According to some reports since the event several miners were shot dead among rocks a distance from where the police clashed with the main group of striking workers.

On Monday and Tuesday the inquiry conducted an in-loco inspection of the area where the miners were shot in Marikana.

The commissioners also looked at the miners' hostels, formal mine housing, local informal settlements and the hospital where wounded miners were taken after the shooting.

- SAPA

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