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Marikana mine shooting inquiry begins

  • A judicial commission of inquiry into the August shootings of 34 striking miners at South Africa’s Marikana mine has opened.

    The inquiry was set up by President Jacob Zuma and will look into the roles played by the police, the owners of the platinum mine, the unions and government.

    The August 16 killings were one of the bloodiest police operations since the end of apartheid in 1994.

    Police opened fire after they failed to disperse some 3,000 strikers armed with clubs and machetes at the Lonmin-owned mine in Rustenberg.

    The miners had gathered for a pay rise of more than $1,000 a month.

    The commission, which is led by retired Supreme Court of Appeal Judge Ian Farlam, is expected to complete its analysis within four months.

    It must submit its final report within a month of finishing its investigation.