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3 Apr 2014
8:13 am

Marikana commission resumes

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry resumes public hearings into the Marikana shootings on Thursday.

FILE PICTURE: Retired Judge Ian Farlam. Picture: Christine Vermooten.

On Tuesday, the commission heard that photographs and details of a protected Marikana witness, dubbed Mr X, would be widely distributed among mineworkers.

Dali Mpofu SC, for arrested and wounded miners, said the SA Police Service would have to show that the widows of slain miners and survivors were a threat to Mr X.

“They have to show that the presence of the parties [the widows, miners and the public] is going to endanger the safety, security or life of Mr X. They are unable to show that,” Mpofu said at the time.

The commission, led by retired judge Ian Farlam, is probing the deaths of 44 people at Lonmin’s platinum mining operations in Marikana, near Rustenburg, North West.

On August 16, 2012, 34 people, mostly striking miners, were shot dead and 78 people were wounded when police fired on a group gathered at a hill near the mine while allegedly trying to disarm and disperse them.

In the preceding week, 10 people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed in the strike-related violence.