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Marikana inspection continues

2012-10-02 09:49

Marikana - Parties involved in the inquiry into the shooting at the Lonmin platinum mine arrived at the crossroads between the mine and the Nkaneng informal settlement on Tuesday.

The entrance to the informal settlement, in the Wonderkop area, was enclosed by a barbed wire fence, erected after the August 16 shooting.

Residents sat in the morning sun and goats roamed about as the commission, advocates, lawyers, and journalists gathered for the second day of an in loco inspection.

The commission, chaired by retired judge Ian Farlam, would inspect the informal settlement, the mineworkers' hostels, the formal settlement, and the mine shafts.

Parties involved in the inquiry would also be given the opportunity to point out areas of importance.

Thirty-four miners were killed and 78 wounded when police opened fire on them while trying to disperse protesters near Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana on August 16.

Some reports since the event have indicated that several miners were shot dead among rocks a distance from where the police clashed with main group of striking workers.

On Monday, the commission inspected the big and small hill where the mineworkers had assembled in the days before the shooting.

Crime scene experts pointed out where the dead miners, bullet casings, and blood were found.

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Comments
  • Badger - 2012-10-02 10:29

    Thirty-four miners were killed and 78 wounded when police opened fire on them while trying to disperse protesters near Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana on August 16. BS, they charged the police while firing weapons. Bad reporting N24.

      Bob - 2012-10-02 11:32

      Racism is terrible.

      paul.bester.50 - 2012-10-02 12:40

      I fail to understand how it is possible for any person(s) with a clear mind to charge a armed police force and think you will get off alive, this is stupidity. My colleague at work asked the following question " What was the police doing there ? " . I did not reply.

  • jason.heineberg - 2012-10-02 11:36

    Wonder if Juju inciting violence will be considered as a factor in this inspection.

  • wt.echoridgetimes - 2012-10-02 12:04

    Wonder when the Marikana Saga will ever end... Its sooo boring. Its the same s*** over and over and over and.....

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