Marikana welcomes Farlam Commission

All parties involved in the Lonmin shooting have welcomed the Farlam Commission of Inquiry.

Police open fire at protesting workers at the Lonmin mine in Marikana, North West on 16 August, 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

PRETORIA - All parties involved in the Marikana mine shooting on Thursday welcomed President Jacob Zuma's appointment of the Farlam Commission of Inquiry.

Former Supreme Court of appeal judge Ian Farlam will lead the probe to establish what led to the shooting.

The judge has been given four months to reach a conclusion.

A total of 34 protesting miners were shot dead by police last Thursday after days of violent demonstrations at the North West platinum mine.

In the days before, another 10 people including two police officers and two security guards were killed.

The unions, Lonmin management and the police will be called to answer for their actions.

National Union of Mineworkers' Lesiba Seshoka said the union will provide its full co-operation while the police's Dennis Adriao echoed the sentiments.

The Democratic Alliance said the terms of reference are sufficiently broad and includes all major role players.