Inquiry to hear from Marikana community

Judicial hearings on violence in Marikana will get underway on Wednesday.

Retired Judge Ian Farlam listens to a crime scene investigator, during an inspection of the scene of the Marikana shooting. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

MARIKANA - The commission probing the shooting at Lonmin's Marikana mine and sporadic violent attacks in August has completed a series of inspections at crime scene areas in Marikana ahead of the judicial hearings on Wednesday.

The inspections formed part of the investigation aimed at uncovering the truth about what lead to the bloodbath.

The commission, headed by retired judge Ian Farlam, toured the Marikana area for two days where scenes of violent attacks and killings were pointed out.

Some community members told the commission how they still feared the police, after witnessing the shooting in Marikana in which 34 miners died.

Farlam and his team also looked at the living conditions in hostels and informal settlements around the North West mine.

A group of residents followed the commission while it went about its inspection, holding placards that read the police must not get away with murder.

About 3,000 workers embarked on a strike on 10 August, demanding a monthly salary of R12,500.

Their action was laced with violence, as 10 more people were killed in the first week of their strike.

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

Hearings will be held at the Rustenburg Civic Centre, also in the North West.