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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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Questions were raised as to why a top public order police official was not appointed to oversee the Marikana operation, the Farlam Commission heard.
The ANC has appealed to rival mining sector unions to stop killing each other and compete equally.
Senior police officer Lt-Col Duncan Scott has admitted to drawing up the plan to deal with striking Marikana miners last year.
Rival unions NUM and Amcu must play by the rules when recruiting members, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said.
An affidavit by Lt-Col Duncan Scott mirrors a statement presented by the SA Police Service, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry heard.
The police's operational plan for the Marikana unrest was a compilation of the input of all the commanders involved in the mission, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry heard.
Police did not believe Amcu leader Joseph Mathunjwa could persuade miners to give up their weapons, the Farlam Commission heard.
Amcu’s lawyer says the police should have intervened when the union's president told them Lonmin was not willing to engage with workers.
The alleged murderer of a sangoma killed before he could testify at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry has been arrested.
Police officials had labelled last year's Marikana unrest as an “Amcu unrest”, the Farlam Commission heard.
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