Marikana inquiry underway

The inquiry into the Marikana shooting was officially opened by retired judge Ian Farlam.

Striking Lonmin workers walk past a dead body in Marikana mine on 14 August, 2012. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Retired judge Ian Farlam on Monday officially opened proceedings for the Marikana Commission of Inquiry which will investigate the tragedies that occurred at the Platinum mine.

Over the next four months the commission will look at the roles of Lonmin bosses, unions and police and determine who is ultimately responsible for the killings.

At least 34 people were killed on 16 August during an illegal strike at the mine.

A week before the tragic shooting, at least 10 others lost their lives due to the violent strike.

One person's body was discovered a week later.

The strike was finally called off following an agreement of a 22 percent wage increase.

Farlam said the inquiry will focus on establishing exactly what happened in Marikana in the month of August.

The 46 names of those who died in violent attacks have been read out following a minute of silence.

The first part of the investigation will focus on the shootout that took place on 16 August and the days preceding it.

An inspection of the Marikana mine will now take place with all parties encouraged to point out places which they consider relevant to the investigation.

The inquiry will cost R50 million.

Over the weekend, the government gave food parcels to the families of the victims in the Eastern Cape.