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Farlam commission sees police evidence

Police have shown firearms and weapons recovered from Marikana miners on 16 August.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Police are presenting footage at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, showing the firearms and other weapons recovered from Marikana miners on 16 August - the day of the shooting outside Lonmin Mine.

The inquiry will determine if policemen were justified in using live ammunition to disperse the crowd from the platinum mine.

Photographs have been shown of handcuffed, wounded protesters and dangerous weapons being removed from them, so that paramedics could be brought onto the scene.

Medical personnel had apparently asked officers to secure the area before they attended to the survivors.

A massive pile of panagas, knives and spears could be seen being removed from the area where 34 miners were gunned down.

Five pistols were recovered on the day, four of them 9mm caliber Norincos and the other a 9mm Vector, which belonged to one of the policemen who had been hacked to death, allegedly by the miners days before the shooting.