Lonmin shooting was intentional - Azapo

Azapo says police had the intention of shooting the workers at Lonmin’s Marikana mine.

Police look over at Lonmin’s Marikana mine workers who were protesting on 16 August, 2012 for more wages. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News.

MARIKANA - The Police Ministry continued to face criticism following the deadly shooting at Lonmin's Marikana mine in the North West, with the Azanian People's Organisation (Azapo) saying officers went in with the intention to kill.

Azapo also slammed government's inter-ministerial task team as a tactic to get people to forget about the tragedy.

This is after police opened fire on striking workers at Marikana last week Thursday, killing 34 miners and injuring 78.

President Jacob Zuma established the inter-ministerial committee to probe the police shooting and to help bereaved families.

The committee is led by Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane.

But Azapo Tshwane chairperson Sibusiso Xaba said the shooting was planned by the state.

"If you hear how the incident happened, the state had an intention to do what has happened. It was not a mistake or panicking police. It was intentional scenery."

However, earlier in the week Zuma dismissed all reports that government had known about the attacks beforehand.

He said the judicial commission of inquiry will work at getting all the facts surrounding the Marikana violence before anyone can be held accountable.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, who is also part of the inter-ministerial committee, reassured the families of the victims that government will give them all the support they need to deal with the tragedy.

Motsoaledi and Chabane were at Marikana on Saturday to attend funerals of some of the shot miners.