Family members arrive for Marikana inquiry

2012-10-22 10:22

Rustenburg - Family members of those killed arrived at the Rustenburg Civic Centre on Monday for the judicial inquiry into the shooting at the Lonmin Platinum mine.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega was sitting with observers and media inside the auditorium.

Advocates and lawyers were seated on the stage waiting for commission chair retired judge Ian Farlam to arrive.

Respected human rights lawyer, George Bizos SC had arrived with his legal team. He is representing the Legal Resources Centre and the Bench Marks Foundation during proceedings.

Thirty-four Lonmin miners were killed and 78 were wounded when the police opened fire on them during a protest in Marikana on August 16.

On Monday evidence leaders would present post mortem reports and other formal evidence, including a ballistics report. Legal teams would be given the chance to question the evidence, and crime scene experts would also testify.

The commission said that because of the large volume of material involved it was not possible to predict the pace of the proceedings.

Blue and orange banners were erected outside the entrance to the civic centre and inside advertising the commission with the tag line "committed to finding the truth in the interest of restoration and justice".

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  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-10-22 10:25

    this inquiry will take forever , watch the space

      faantjie.flavio.1 - 2012-10-22 10:34

      tru dat.coz we fail 2 prevail da truth.

      tuco.angeleyes - 2012-10-22 11:17

      I believe this enquery will cost in the region of 70 million. why don't they just give that 70 million to the widows and orphans instead of already filthy rich sleezy lawyers?

  • mphogift.mukwevho - 2012-10-22 10:54


  • Brian Dorning - 2012-10-22 10:57

    yawn...miners striking illegally attacked SAPS, SAPS retaliated in self defense, SAPS prevailed and shot dead their assailants...get over it. The lesson here is not to act illegally, do not kill the rabbit, and accept the fact that you got put in your place!! I can bet that the families are going to want compensation for the shooting, where in fact they should compensate the traumatized SAPS.

  • nhlapop - 2012-10-22 11:03

    This inquiry will take forever to resolve this issue.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-22 11:09

    So I'm assuming here that the murders of the policemen, security guards and others will be a separare case as they are rarely mentioned??!!

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-10-22 11:17

    let this inquiry take its course, apportion blame if there is,let the court cases follow if needs be but hopefully let the relevant people like labour, SAP and Management learn the lessons that need to be learnt and lets behave like humans going forward.

      pieter.calitz - 2012-10-22 11:58

      @gary.desousa.7 Let's also learn not to attack the police with pistols, knobkieries and pangas

  • pm.cindi - 2012-10-22 11:29

    where are the family members of those policies and security guards that are killed? are they not taken into consideration? as nothing is said about them!

  • Suzanne Viljoen - 2012-10-22 11:33

    Its about money for the lawyers and for the families Why? because our gov. has lots and lots for court cases

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