Marikina inquiry begins

2012-10-01 10:09

Rustenburg - People were pouring into the Rustenburg Civic Centre on Monday for the start of the judicial inquiry into the shooting at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana.

Those who arrived for the public hearings, many dressed in business suits, waited in the foyer for the proceedings to start at 09:00.

Several police officers were at the venue. Journalists were not being allowed in.

On Monday, all parties involved would go to the scene of the shooting of 34 striking Lonmin workers by police on 16 August.

The commission's secretary said 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.

Retired judge Ian Farlam was heading the inquiry.

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  • Bafana Joseph - 2012-10-01 10:17

    Zuma inquiry wont bring back miners who killed by useleSs police

      heini.botes - 2012-10-01 10:30

      Useless police?? This now the same 'angel' miners who killed 10 people the week before?? They got what they deserved! They came for war, they were told numerous times to drop weapons and disperse peacefully, and then they attacked first. Well done SAPS

  • oscar.pretorius.52 - 2012-10-01 10:19

    I don't know where this "Marikina" is! 100% on spell-check for news24

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-10-01 11:29

      they must have hired sebenza and the likes! Lately their spelling is atrocious PLUS most of our comments that are anti-anc are being deleted, while white-hating comments are left untouched..!

  • Bluemoscow - 2012-10-01 10:21

    I hope they arrest and give 10 life sentences to those killer police who shot all the miners and also that white commander must receive death penalty to discourage this marsacer from happening again. Just to think how he felt when he got home to his kids and wife 'honey today i'm happy we were shooting at black people knowingly with real bullets and it was fun and later arrested them' wife: 'wow they had it coming to them dear'. kids: wow dad you my hero i'm also going to be a police so i can shoot black people' smh.

      oscar.pretorius.52 - 2012-10-01 10:26

      You are an idiot. First of all what white captain are you talking about. Secondly, those miners were attacking the police with knives, spears, and GUNS!!! Here's an idea...go charging at a cop with a knife and see how far you get....

      heini.botes - 2012-10-01 10:28

      Racist much?

      jason.evetts.5 - 2012-10-01 10:55

      racist and retarded

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-10-01 11:11

      Bluemoscow, you should seriously consider removing your head from your butt and wake up to reality you racist troll!

      Bluemoscow - 2012-10-01 11:20

      I'm not racist i'm black

      nerasmus1 - 2012-10-01 12:56

      Blacist: A racist of African origin. Eg. \ I am a blacist because I think that all white people are racist\

      talana.malherbe - 2012-10-01 12:57

      Its your type that lets Malema steal you blind and then still vote for the likes of him. Listen you idiot, this is about loss of human life, black or white doesn't matter. You try this crap in another country, trust me, you try and charge a cop in any other country with a weapon and you will be dead before you can think of any of your racist remarks.

  • junebugg.kinte - 2012-10-01 10:24

    Okay the "Marikini" inquiry begins (Lord knows where that is), when will the Marikana inquiry begin ??

  • heini.botes - 2012-10-01 10:27

    What's there to esquire? A bunch of striking thugs who killed 10 people the week before drank some muthi and killed some rabbits and though they will be 'invisible' or 'invincible' to the police and got there asses handed to them. Well done to the SAPS!

      tumi.joyce.1 - 2012-10-01 13:13

      Oh sh***t let's stop this unneccesary discrimitory comments & try to think what' best for our country, we've a right to protest but to kill or be killed,we're in such state before but now let us build a nation that cares black or white who's black & who's white?We're all human race 4rom SM.Khalipa Matlosana

      heini.botes - 2012-10-01 13:34

      I'm so glad you mentioned "we have a right to protest", what about my RIGHT to work?? Workers tried that and thugs (strikers) end up killing them, stoning cars, burning trucks...ring a bell?? And "but not to kill or be killed"...the police have a RIGHT to protect themselves if their life is threatened!!! By the way, Show me where I mentioned black or white in my post!! Seems like your the one with the chip on the shoulder. Say again, job well done SAPS

  • vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-10-01 10:55

    i like it for de Marikana not Marikina, must always must spell nice

  • paul.lotter - 2012-10-01 11:14

    Spelling and grammar by news24 journalists is shocking.

  • Kalari - 2012-10-01 11:21

    There were some confusion over the salaries paid to miners. The media reported R 4,500 and the miners wanted R 12,500 After negotiations they accepted an increase of about 22%or roughly R 750 but the reports specified amounts of between R 9,000 and R12,500. Confusing. Now there is rumour going that the miners actually are employed by a labour broking company owned by Cyril Ramaphosa which company deduct an amount for their "service" So if miners are paid lets say R 10,000 and they get R 4,500 after deductions where are the money going. Anybody know something about this??? Whow!

  • samantha.5243 - 2012-10-01 11:22

    well I hope they also make an enquiry on who butchered those 10 INNOCENT victims as well- lets not forget them please!-

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-10-01 11:51

    Jissis bluemoscow! I wish that I had my hands on you china. You won't be so mainbok then.

  • tumi.joyce.1 - 2012-10-01 13:22

    God made people to develop this planet not to think of any race we're the only race left(HUMAN RACE), NO black/white only racists can see a colour in humanity, no man has a colour.

      Bluemoscow - 2012-10-01 13:40

      Tell that to the white judges of this country and those AWB eugine teriblanch supporters who were carrying around a hanged black potraited dummy and posters saying that 'God is white' yet they call themselves christians, so what if god is white does that mean he hates blacks too does it mean that they have to hate us, and show it on tv, while we can't do the same. What happened to free speech and expression. Black people in south africa get the hardest sentence on the same crime as whites. The minute a judge sees a black offender its automatically 15 years and up but white person or politician its 1 year or house arrest

      oscar.pretorius.52 - 2012-10-01 15:56

      Bluemoscow you talk so much cr@p you know! Let's take the Sunday rapist, he got sentenced to five life terms. He deserved more than that and so does any HUMAN BEING that commits such atrocities. So as for your argument that black people get it worse I suggest you get over your issues about race. It's people like you that prevent this country from moving forward

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