Marikana miners cuffed & shot, inquiry told

Video footage suggests that some Marikana miners may have been cuffed before being shot.

Police look over at Lonmin’s Marikana mine workers who were protesting on 16 August, 2012 for more wages. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News.

RUSTENBURG - Evidence emerged on Monday that suggested some of the 34 Marikana miners, who were killed during a police shootout in the North West, may have been shot with their hands cuffed behind their backs.

Video footage shown during the Farlam Commission of Inquiry in Rustenburg showed two bodies lying face down with their hands tied.

During the cross-examination of Captain Apollo Mohlaki, Advocate Dali Mpofu pointed out that some miners were hiding behind rocks near the koppie, while others were cuffed before they were shot.

Mohlaki said he could not confirm anything until he saw the footage, which was shaky at times.

Families of the victims watched the footage in disbelief, with many covering their mouths, as more dead bodies were shown scattered in the veld.

Mpofu also claimed that some traditional weapons were "planted" next to the dead miners.

Authorities also recovered a fully loaded gun from the scene, while two others were arrested for gun possession.

The inquiry was set up by President Jacob Zuma to probe the August 16 shooting.

Miners were taking part in an illegal wage strike when the incident occurred.