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Marikana inquiry continues

Marikana Commission of Inquiry chairman Ian Farlam is 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

Marikana Commission of Inquiry chairman Ian Farlam is 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

Published Nov 5, 2012

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Johannesburg - The Farlam commission of inquiry into the killing of 34 strikers at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana resumes in Rustenburg on Monday.

The commission is holding public hearings to determine why police shot and killed 34 miners and wounded 78 on August 16.

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Last week, crime scene expert Captain Apollo Mohlaki told the commission that senior police officers met to discuss their operations on the day of the shooting.

He said there were no cartridge cases near nine of the bodies found at a small hill at Wonderkop, Marikana, referred to as “scene two”.

Police found several traditional weapons such as knobkerries, sticks, sharpened iron rods, homemade spears, and a pistol, loaded with 15 rounds, lying among the bodies. Mohlaki could not say whether it had been fired. - Sapa

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