Marikana inquiry resumes on Monday

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IOL mot dec3 Farlam Commission Indepdendent Newspapers Rusterburg Civic Centre, North West. Commission members during the public hearing of the Farlam Commission of Enquiry investigating the Marikana tragedy at which 44 people were killed and scores injured. File photo: Dumisani Sibeko

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the events surrounding the shooting of 34 Lonmin mineworkers continues on Monday in Rustenburg.

Lonmin accused the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) of jeopardising relations between mineworkers and the mine in Marikana.

Lonmin legal representative advocate, Schalk Burger SC cross-examined Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa.

Mathunjwa had testified that after protesters agreed in principle to disarm and return to work on August 15, management refused to engage them.

He said acts of violence, murder, and destruction of property were in contrast with the modus operandi of Amcu.

The three-member commission, which is led by retired judge Ian Farlam, is holding public hearings at the Rustenburg Civic Centre as part of a probe into the killing of 44 people during wage-related, violent strikes at Marikana, in North West.

Thirty-four striking miners were shot dead on August 16 and 78 were wounded when the police opened fire on them while trying to disperse a group which had gathered on a hill near the mine.

In the preceding week, 10 people, including two police officers and two security guards, were hacked to death near the mine.

The commission was announced by President Jacob Zuma in August. The other commissioners are senior advocates Bantubonke Tokota and Pingla Hemraj.

Zuma said the commission would complete its work within four months, and would have to submit its final report a month later. -Sapa

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