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Marikana evidence compromised - DA

Dianne Kohler Barnard says footage showed investigators picking up weapons with their bare hands.

Police open fire at protesting workers at the Lonmin mine in Marikana, North West on 16 August, 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News"

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday raised concerns that evidence from the August 16 Marikana shooting may have been compromised.

DA Shadow Police Minister Dianne Kohler Barnard said video footage showed investigators picking up weapons and other items found on the scene with their bare hands.

Shortly after the shooting that killed 34 protesters, President Jacob Zuma announced that a commission of inquiry would be set up to investigate the incident.

The judicial commission was established to determine who is ultimately responsible for the violence at Lonmin's North West mine.

Kohler Barnard said the inquiry will face difficulties because evidence was tampered with.

"Firearms, knobkerries and spears, there were fingerprints over everything. It might be a lack of [police] training because we have crime scenes where police members go without gloves on a regular basis."

More than 10 others, including police officers and security guards, were killed during and after the violent wage strike.

The inquiry has been postponed to October 22.