Police Come Under Fire at the Lonmin Inquiry

As the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the shootings at Marikana gets under way, questions have been raised about police planning before a shooting that left 34 striking miners dead. The Commission also heard that police should have handled the negotiations with striking mineworkers in a different way so as to ensure a more favourable outcome. The Inquiry is expected to wrap up in May.

  • South Africa:  Marikana Crowd Control Queried

    South African Press Association, 22 January 2013

    Questions were asked on Tuesday about police planning before a shooting that left 34 striking miners dead in Marikana, North West. read more »

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  • South Africa:  Lack of Marikana Evidence - Inquiry

    South African Press Association, 21 January 2013

    There has been a disturbing absence of evidence on the Marikana shootings, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry heard in Rustenburg on Monday. read more »

Photo: Gado/RNW

Satirical cartoonist Gado's take on the choices that South African miners have - after the Marikana shootings..

  • South Africa:  Marikana Inquiry to Be Extended Until June

    South African Press Association, 9 January 2013

    The government-appointed Commission of Inquiry into the dozens of deaths at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, northern South Africa, will likely only present its final report ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Police Tied Hands of Marikana Wounded

    South African Press Association, 14 November 2012

    Police tied the hands of some wounded protesters after the shooting that left 34 miners dead near Marikana, North West, on August 16, a senior officer said on Wednesday. read more »

Armoured police nyalas patrol Nkaneng informal settlement near Lonmin's Marikana mine in the North West on Sunday, 16 September 2012.

  • South Africa:  Marikana Commission - Bishop Seoka Blames Police, Unions and Lonmin (analysis)

    Daily Maverick, 15 November 2012

    Bishop Jo Seoka took a leading role in ending the Marikana strike, but he was also there on the day of the shootings. He testified to the Marikana Commission of Inquiry on ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Marikana Commission - 'Don't Single Us Out' - Police (analysis)

    Daily Maverick, 7 November 2012

    The evidence team at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry suggested on Monday that the issues to be examined should be separated, with the conduct of the police on 16 August to be ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Marikana Commission - Police Play Their Case (analysis)

    Daily Maverick, 12 November 2012

    Friday was another chance for the police to tell their Marikana story. The presentation, which won’t be cross-examined in itself, showed both the danger the miners posed and ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Marikana Commission - Sowing the Killing Fields (analysis)

    Daily Maverick, 9 November 2012

    On Thursday the police continued to recount their version of events up to 16 August: negotiations appeared futile in a climate of violence, muti and murder, and they were prepared ... read more »

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