'Authorities sitting on Marikana evidence'

A cameraman has accused authorities of not following up on allegations of police brutality.

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

JOHANNESBURG - A photojournalist on Thursday said he is yet to receive official comment from police after he sent them his observations about how some of the 34 protesting Marikana miners were killed.

The miners were killed two weeks ago during clashes with police while protesting for better wages.

The total of those killed were 44 including two police officers and two security guards during three weeks of unrest.

Photojournalist Greg Marinovich studied forensic evidence a day after the fatal shooting two weeks ago, and said it looksed like some of the miners were either shot at close range or crushed by police vehicles.

Marinovich is suggesting some officers hunted down and killed miners in cold blood beyond the view of camera's some 300 metres behind Wonderkop hill.

Marinovich said everything has been referred to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

"The police spokesperson said that it has gone to IPID and they have to comment. They haven't commented. We tried everyone in the state and the inter-ministerial commission but nobody is commenting."

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma has established a commission of inquiry to investigate the bloodbath.

The commission has four months to conclude its investigation. The commission has been given power to subpoena.

At the same time there are reports that two miners who were wounded in the shooting are yet to receive medical treatment.

Police have also been accused of assaulting the prisoners.

The IPID is investigating cases of police brutality in the prison where arrested miners are being held.

The miners are among over 250 who were arrested following the clashes.

The strike at Lonmin's Marikana mine continues.