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Marikana inquiry abruptly adjourned

Crime & Courts

Rustenburg -

The Farlam commission of inquiry into the Marikana mine deaths was abruptly adjourned on Friday morning.

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From left: advocate Pingla Hemraj, Marikana commission chairman Ian Farlam and advocate Bantubonke Tokota are seen during the first week of the inquiry at the Civic Centre in Rustenburg in the North West, Wednesday, 3 October 2012. The judicial commission of inquiry into the shooting at Lonmin platinum mine was postponed on Wednesday. Lawyers representing the different parties unanimously decided to postpone the matter to 9am on October 22. Thirty-four miners were killed and 78 wounded when police opened fire on them while trying to disperse protesters near the mine in Marikana on August 16. Picture: SAPA stringer

The hearing started with discussions on who the next witnesses would be, but about 10 minutes later commission chairman Ian Farlam interrupted.

“The commission will adjourn for a moment,” he said, after which security guards hastily ushered everyone out of the Rustenburg Civic Centre.

Spokesman Kevin Malunga was not able to provide the reason for the move.

Security was notably tighter on Friday. - Sapa

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