Inquiry: Respects paid for killed miners

2012-10-01 11:25

Rustenburg - The judicial inquiry into the shooting at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana is underway in the Rustenburg Civic Centre on Monday, with attendees holding a moment of silence for those killed.

Retired judge Ian Farlam opened proceedings by addressing the families of those killed on 16 August.

"We want to acknowledge and thank you for making time [for the inquiry]," Farlam said.

"We cannot measure your grief and loss."


He said the commission would make sure it got to the truth about how and why the shooting happened.

"[However] we will do everything to make sure the commission will not add to your grief."

The names of those killed were read out. Their relatives were asked to stand when the names were read out.

Everyone attending the inquiry was asked to stand for a minute of silence.

After the opening of the inquiry all parties involved will go to the area where 34 striking workers were shot dead by police on 16 August.

People would be allowed to point out places which they considered relevant to the inquiry. The descriptions of what happened at the site would be recorded.

Following the in loco inspection, formal sittings of the commission were expected to start at the civic centre on Wednesday.

In August, President Jacob Zuma announced the three-member judicial commission of inquiry to probe the violence.

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  • paul.malherbe.7 - 2012-10-01 11:31

    what about respects for the slaughtered security guards?

      tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-10-01 11:35

      what makes you think those security guards families were not present at the meeting - stop being irrelevent

      paul.malherbe.7 - 2012-10-01 11:49

      @ tshepo, were u present at the proceedings and can u confirm that they were present and respects were paid "hot shot"?

      Bob - 2012-10-01 11:52

      Racism is terrible. - 2012-10-01 11:55

      Criminals rob a business and kills some victims, on their way out they get shot dead by security guards - thereafter we "Pay some respect" for the criminals lives lost. I don't understand the reasoning in this country, always favouring the corrupt and criminal.

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-10-01 12:00

      anc24 - why are you deleting MY comment stating that this is not about a racial motive since all the players were of the same colour, but you leave Bob's comment where he states that "racism is terrible"..! Are you guys upholding racism in SA?

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-01 11:36

    I hope they leave their pangas, spears and knobkieries behind and that somewhere along the line the two butchered policemen, the burnt security guards and the four union officials who were the victims of the "peaceful" strikers a week earlier will also be remembered and commemorated.

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-10-01 11:37

    The stereotype of the savage black man is being perpetuated by savage black men.

  • Bluemoscow - 2012-10-01 11:40

    The image of the police shooting dead and injuring the mine workers and then arresting them and charge them with murder using the APARTHEID law and our president going to sleep without even addressing the issue was really disturbing and what judge will use the apartheid laws in south africa by this time a White racist judge ofcos, i wonder how Nelson Mandela was feeling. Only the human rights commision rescued the miners while the president would have been able to do that within the first day but did he? No he is was busy in a political battle with julius malema. South african white judges are racist and not afraid to show it

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-10-01 11:53

      how come the white judges are racist? I don;t get your logic (wait do you know what that is?)..! By your intellect, even Zuma is racist because he ordered the shooting..! remember most of the police that was doing the shooting were black - where they ALSO racist? Oh wait they can;t be because they were black, but the minute there is a WHITE person involved, then they MUST be racists! Do you even KNOW what "racist" means? Let me enlighten you: "a person with a prejudiced belief that one race is superior to others". By that statement, this white judge cannot be called racists - since he is trying to find the CULPRIT! Which most likely will be a black - Zuma, Phiega, Nathi, the policemen that shot, or the miners! All of those people are black... Actually that idiot from the ancyl said that it was strange that there were no whites involved at all..! LOL

      deon.flatron - 2012-10-01 11:56

      You still living in the past your brainless racist. Stop using apartheid as an excuse. You voted for Zuma now live with it.

      Jaap - 2012-10-01 11:58

      Bluemoscow, your name says it all! You are the racist here and reading your comment somewhat retarded as well. It is dangerous to call all white Judges racist. You obviously suffer from the victim mentallity and have a inferiority complex as well. Come on man wake up you are in the new South Africa with a Black Government for the past 18 years. comment

      allan.dewet.9 - 2012-10-01 14:01

      Bluemoscow you are an idiot , end of story now F**&k of

  • pm.cindi - 2012-10-01 11:50

    will they also point the places/scenes where the poor police officers were killed?

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