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

Rustenburg - The judicial commission into the killing of 44 people during wage-related protests at Marikana, North West, will resume its hearings in January 2013.

Chairman of the three-member commission, retired judge Ian Farlam, announced the festive season break on Thursday.

“The commission will resume at 10am on the 21st of January next year. Parties who have deferred their cross-examinations are expected to be ready next year.

“The hearings will be held here, at the Rustenburg Civic Centre, unless you are advised otherwise.”

President Jacob Zuma announced the commission in August. He said the commission's work had to be completed in four months, and a month thereafter it would hand its final report to him. - Sapa