Rustenburg -

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

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