Cop quizzed over Marikana shooting

A crime scene expert was forced to testify whether he believed miners should pay for hacking two cops.

Retired Judge Ian Farlam and commissioners at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

RUSTENBURG - A crime scene expert was on Monday forced to testify whether he believed Marikana miners should pay for hacking two policemen to death.

The commission of inquiry, chaired by retired judge Ian Farlam, heard evidence from a policeman who took photos and footage of crime scenes including recordings from 16 August - the day 34 Lonmin miners were gunned down during an illegal protest at the North West town.

Lieutenant-Colonel Cornelius Botha took photos of his colleagues who were hacked to death during the illegal strike, saying it was a gruesome sight.

But Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza,who is representing 20 of the victims' families, pushed him to answer a question about who should be held accountable.

"Did it not cross your mind that whoever did this must pay for this?" asked Ntsebeza.

"All criminals are supposed to be brought to book, no matter who [they are]," Botha responded

Footage filmed by Botha, from a helicopter on the day of the shooting, showed very little in terms of who opened fire first - miners or the police.

But he admitted two stun grenades were released from his helicopter into the crowd.

The commission is mandated to determine what events led to the violence and subsequent shooting during the wage dispute between miners and Lonmin management.