Marikana Inquiry adjourned

Emotional relatives were accidentally shown footage of the August 16 shooting.

"Retired Judge Ian Farlam and commissioners at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the Marikana shooting on 3 October 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna.

RUSTENBURG - The Marikana Commission of Inquiry has been adjourned after emotional relatives were unexpectedly shown footage of the August 16 shooting.

President Jacob Zuma set up the hearing after 34 miners died during a confrontation with police in the North West mining town.

Evidence leaders were showing television footage of the striking miners shortly before the deadly incident.

The video accidentally went on to show officers shooting at demonstrators.

Emotional relatives sitting in the front row were in tears.

Some of the women attending the inquiry cried hysterically after they saw their husbands being gunned down by police.

The footage was supposed to show a build-up of the events leading up to the incident.

Inquiry chairperson Ian Farlam called for the adjournment until calm has been restored.

Meanwhile, family members are now receiving couselling.