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Marikana inquiry concludes site inspection

Various officials and forensic experts visited the scene of the Marikana bloodbath.

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

RUSTENBURG - A small group of community members on Monday gathered at the scene of the Marikana shooting to show their support for the victims.

This as the commission of inquiry into the bloody shooting inspected the scene where 34 people died when police opened fire on striking workers.

The incident took place on August 16.

Earlier, advocates Dumisa Ntsebeza and Dali Mpofu requested a 14-day postponement, saying the families of those killed in the violent attacks should be present.

Commission head Judge Ian Farlam said they cannot delay the investigation, as the inquiry only has four months to complete its probe.

Representatives from Lonmin, union leaders, police, legal teams and evidence leaders attended Monday's inspection of the site.

Community members with placards reading "do not let the police get away with murder" also gathered at the scene.

Police insist the deadly shooting was in self-defence, because striking workers were charging at them with spears and traditional weapons.

Forensic experts took the group to the various spots where people were killed.

The hearing will resume on Wednesday at the Rustenburg Civic Centre.