Marikana miners shot 'execution style'

Lonmin miners during the one year anniversary at Lonmin's Marikana mine where 34 striking platinum workers were shot dead by police on 16 August 2012. Picture: Christa Van der Walt/EWN.
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PRETORIA – The Farlam Commission of Inquiry on Wednesday heard some striking Marikana miners were shot execution style.

President Jacob Zuma set up the hearing to determine whether police were justified in using lethal force on the day 34 miners were gunned down during a confrontation with police in the North West mining town.

The shooting at the Lonmin mine took place in August 2012.

The commission on Tuesday heard some of the striking workers were shot dead while they were surrendering with their hands raised in the air.

The lawyer representing the families of some of the victims, Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, told the inquiry some workers had gunshot wounds in their backs, proving they were not charging at the police.

“Four [miners] should not be construed to have been aggressors in the manner suggested.”

Proceedings will resume on Thursday morning.

The commission is being chaired by retired Judge Ian Farlam.