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Security breach at Marikana inquiry

Crime & Courts

Rustenburg -

A person tried to carry a gun into the Farlam commission of inquiry in Rustenburg on Friday, causing the venue to be evacuated.

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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

Commission spokesman Kevin Malunga confirmed that police were questioning one person.

“There was a significant security breach and we can't leave anything to chance,” he told reporters outside the Rustenburg Civic Centre.

“No witness... is allowed with a firearm into the building.”

The gun was found with the use of security scanning equipment.

Malunga could not disclose further details as this would “defeat the purpose of the investigation”.

The auditorium was declared safe again after a police sweep and the hearing resumed just before 11am. - Sapa

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