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IPID probes new Lonmin ‘evidence’

The IPID is investigating claims that some Lonmin workers were shot while fleeing from police.

Police patrol a township in Marikana in the North West after a fatal shootout on 16 August 2012. Picture: Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News.
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MARIKANA - Mining district Marikana was calm on Sunday morning, as two more families prepared to bury their loved ones, who were gunned down by police  on 16 August.

The men, who were among the 34 miners shot dead during a protest at Lonmin's North West mine, will be buried in the Eastern Cape and Lesotho today.

Meanwhile, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is investigating claims made in an article by Daily Maverick photojournalist Greg Marinovich - that sources have confirmed some of the workers were shot in the back while fleeing from police.

Police vehicles continue patrolling the quiet streets of Marikana’s Enkanini informal settlement, where violence broke-out a few weeks ago.

Meanwhile, more questions have been raised about police reaction to the demonstration over wages, in which miners were filmed brandishing pangas and traditional weapons.

Marinovich claims his assessment shows protesters were gunned down while fleeing from the scene.

His evidence comes after claims that police were acting in self-defence when they fired live ammunition at the striking workers.

In his latest article, the Pulitzer Prize winner claims 14 of the miners were killed 300 metres from the scene of the clash with police deployed to the mining town.

According to his investigation, some of the men were knocked over by police armoured vehicles while fleeing.

A total of 44 people have been brutally killed since the beginning of the strike. It is unclear what sparked the attacks, as miners and unions have denied union rivalry.

President Jacob Zuma established a judicial commission of inquiry and an inter-ministerial committee to probe events surrounding the tragic Thursday afternoon which saddened the nation.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)

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