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Marikana: My child can't look at cops any more

The commission of inquiry in the Marikana violence inspects scenes of where miners were shot dead.

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 commission probing the shooting at Lonmin's Marikana mine on Tuesday asked residents to point out scenes where raids and violent attacks took place.

This was part of an inspection of the area before hearings get underway on Wednesday.

Members of the commission, headed by retired Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judge Ian Farlam, walked through the informal settlement in Marikana as they inspected the miners' living conditions.

A small group of people watching from the sidelines started singing and dancing in support of the victims.

Through a translator, one woman told the commission that her children are still afraid of police in uniform after witnessing the shooting.

On 16 August, 34 miners were shot dead by police during a violent clash.

At least 12 other people were killed, including police officers and security guards, in the six-week long wage strike.

The commission team was shown where bullet cartridges were found. The investigation is aimed at uncovering the truth about what led to the bloodbath

The commission also toured blocks of hostels and informal settlements where miners live.

Farlam looked visibly disappointed with the toilet facilities miners have to use.

He seemed disturbed, taking note of the tin shacks, lack of space and garbage surrounding the miner's homes.

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