Marikana inquiry plans announced

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the Marikana shooting will begin its work in October.

34 miners were gunned down by police in Marikana in the North West, during a strike by Lonmin miners on 16 August 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

PRETORIA - The Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the Marikana shooting will begin its work on the first day of October.

Justice Minster Jeff Radebe outlined the inquiry's plan on Friday in Pretoria.

The judicial commission was appointed by President Jacob Zuma after 34 miners were gunned down by police on 16 August.

Eleven others were killed in the mining town during the five-week long strike by Lonmin miners.

The wage dispute between Lonmin management and employees has since been resolved.

Radebe said the primary objective of the commission of inquiry headed by retired judge Ian Farlam, will investigate the underlying causes of the Marikana tragedy.

The start-up cost of the commission has already been estimated at R24 million, and the investigation is expected to take at least four months to complete.

Public hearings are scheduled to begin on 1 October.

The families of the 34 victims have been encouraged to attend the hearings set to take place at the Rustenburg Civic Centre.