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The National Union of Mineworkers cannot be blamed for the violence in the mining sector, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said.
Policemen did little to help the miners they shot at Marikana last year, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry heard.
Continuing wildcat strikes and tension in the mining industry could impoverish South Africa, President Jacob Zuma warned.
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The families of mineworkers killed during the Marikana unrest walked out of the Farlam Commission during the cross-examination of national police commissioner Riah Phiyega.
National police commissioner Riah Phiyega testified that a Sowetan newspaper article shortly after the Marikana shootings misquoted her.
Some relatives of striking miners shot dead in Marikana last year needed medical attention after listening to a police officer’s testimony.
The specialised police units deployed in Marikana during labour unrest were given the means to kill striking miners, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry heard.
Families of miners shot dead in Marikana walked out of the commission of inquiry when a cop conveyed his condolences.
It was strange for police commander Maj-Gen Charl Annandale to claim he only heard of a second Marikana shooting 40 minutes after it occurred, the Farlam Commission heard.
The Farlam Commission of Inquiry has reviewed the testimony given several months ago by Brigadier Zephania Mkhwanazi.
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