Marikana probe 'will be quick, thorough'

2012-10-01 12:39

Rustenburg - The judicial commission of inquiry into the shootings at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana will conduct its work with speed, retired judge Ian Farlam said in Rustenburg on Monday.

However, Farlam said the inquiry would be thorough in its processes, in a bid to extract and expose the truth.

"Our country weeps because of the tragic loss and this commission will work expeditiously to ensure the truth is revealed," he said at the opening of the hearings at the Rustenburg Civic Centre.

"We need to be expeditious, but at the same time we need to be thorough in our work."

The evidence-leading team introduced themselves to the judge, flanked by two other commissioners - advocates Bantubonke Tokota and Pingla Hemraj.

Afterwards, the legal representatives for different parties - the families of the miners killed, Lonmin management, police, trade unions, and the group of 270 miners arrested for public violence - also introduced themselves.

Farlam earlier 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]. We cannot measure your grief and loss."

Formal sittings

He said the commission would make sure it established 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. Relatives who were present at the commission were asked to stand as their family member's name was read out. Everyone attending the inquiry was then asked to stand for a minute of silence.

All parties involved would on Monday go to the scene of the shootings. 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. The in loco inspections could continue on Tuesday.

Formal sittings of the commission were expected to start at the civic centre on Wednesday.

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

  • Bob - 2012-10-01 12:42

    Are we talking about white South Africa or black South Africa? Let's be honest guys, there's a huge difference between the two. White South Africa has the feel of a european 1st world country whereas black south Africa has the feel or a 3rd world African country. Let's not create a false sense of unity and equality because that is one way of preventing racial equality and justice from happening. Black south Africans and white south African are not in the same boat, far from it in fact. Let’s not deny the truth that this society his heavily stratified along racial lines and that whiteness continue to hold value. Colour-blindness undermines the hard work of all those who are anti racist and wish to end the unjust system of white supremacy

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-10-01 12:49

      Aside from being a troll we are talking about neither, the article is about a commission of inquiry, wrong place to troll..over-privilaged as that is one of your previous names

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-10-01 13:04

      bob copied and pasted (well done: you know how to)... this comment from somewhere else! I saw it before lol - 2012-10-01 13:30

      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.

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-10-01 15:18

      Headline should read: Marikana probe 'will be quick, thorough and irrelevant'

  • warren.carne.9 - 2012-10-01 12:59

    Quick and Thorough,with this govt,I think not.

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-10-01 13:05

      for the millions they were saying it was going to be spent: I think quick and thorough should be more like slow and thorough don;t you think? REALLY - they were talking of about R80mil for this inquiry the other day! QUICK does not work with the millions being spent!!!!!

  • aniken.vader.31 - 2012-10-01 13:06

    when I hear about the other place that was being talked about on Carte Blanche where some miners were being executed, THEN I will believe the inquiry!!!!! Until then - I see another way for someone from the zuma camp to get enc=riched from the tax money being spent on this nonsense.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-01 13:08

    For the money its costing,I hope and pray it will be unbiased and thorough! Would love to see the spreadsheet for where they have calculated costs! Unions should be footing this bill.

  • Kalari - 2012-10-01 13:23

    Hopefully the probe will include an investigation as to why 10 innocent people have been killed before the police shooting incident. Their lives was as valuable as that of the miners who get shot.

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-01 15:29

      I totally agree with you Kalari but this issue seems to be very quiet I hope the families of these 10 victims also get help with an investigation. These murders all point to the miners I say the families should sue the Unions involved....murderers are walking free!!!

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-10-01 13:53

    Quick means anything up to 18 months. And will cost twice the 70 million estimated...

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-01 14:07

    I have just one question. Who gave the order to fire?? He is the one who needs to be interrogated.

      zambezi.river - 2012-10-01 14:34

      Had to have been a white person!

      oliver.lankes.3 - 2012-10-01 14:55

      When you are being attacked and are forced to act in self defense, nobody gives the order. You act in self defense. Or would you fone the boss and ask him to give the order?

      douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-01 16:01

      In a situation like that the men on the ground are under command of an officer who will issue the instruction to fire. They are not told to just fire at will if they feel like it. This should not have happened and maybe did because a commander issued the instruction to fire.

      kenneth.hlatshwayo - 2012-10-01 16:53

      What a dumb question.

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