Police to probe Marikana footage
Top cop Riah Phiyega on Monday called for an investigation into Marikana crime scene photos.
RUSTENBURG - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega on Monday called for an investigation into Marikana crime scene photos, which suggest police may have planted weapons on dead miners.
The photos were shown at the Farlam Commission on Inquiry in Rustenburg in the North West.
Evidence leaders showed the commission several photos of dead miners.
In photos taken later in the afternoon on the day of the shooting, weapons could be seen next to the bodies, as if they had been placed there.
Advocate Ismail Semenya said, "[Phiyega] instituted an investigation to try and ascertain the circumstances, given the contrasting pictures."
It also emerged that some miners may have been hiding, while others were apparently handcuffed when police opened fire.
The inquiry is looking into the August 16 police shooting that killed 34 Lonmin miners and injured 78 others.
The incident occurred during wage protests at the volatile mine.
President Jacob Zuma appointed retired Judge Ian Farlam to chair the commission into the deadly shooting.