Marikana inquiry to resume

2012-12-04 07:30
A police officer in Marikana (File, AP)

A police officer in Marikana (File, AP)

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Johannesburg - The Farlam commission of inquiry into the deaths of 44 people, including 34 Lonmin mineworkers, in Marikana, continues in Rustenburg on Tuesday.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) has accused the platinum miner of provoking workers by reneging on an agreement.

Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa said after protesters agreed in principle to disarm and return to work on August 15, management refused to hold talks with them.

Lonmin has accused Amcu of jeopardising relations between mineworkers and the mine in Marikana.

The three-member commission, led by retired judge Ian Farlam, is holding public hearings at the Rustenburg Civic Centre. The other commissioners are senior advocates Bantubonke Tokota and Pingla Hemraj.

Thirty-four striking miners were shot dead on August 16 and 78 were wounded when the police opened fire on them while trying to disperse a group which had gathered on a hill near the mine.

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

President Jacob Zuma announced in the commission in August. Zuma said it would complete its work within four months, and would have to submit its final report a month later.
- SAPA
Read more on:    lonmin  |  mahikeng  |  marikana inquiry  |  mining  |  mining unrest
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