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Marikana inquiry resumes

Police will continue presenting evidence at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry today.

Retired Judge Ian Farlam listens during the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the Marikana shooting, on 3 October 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police will continue presenting evidence at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry in Rustenburg on Wednesday, about the Marikana shooting in which 34 Lonmin miners were killed.

The inquiry has been split into phases, so that the lawfulness of the police's conduct on 16 August can be determined.

There were emotional scenes at the North West province venue last week, when police showed video and photo footage of miners threatening to kill officers on the ground and opening fire on officers on the day of the shooting.

Footage showed one of the protest leaders telling the crowd that they would finish off the police if officers did not leave Marikana.

Today, Colonel Duncan Scott will continue testifying. He has said police were left with no choice but to use maximum force to disperse miners who were protesting over better salaries.

Survivors will then be called as witnesses, to help the commission decide if police were justified in using live ammunition.

Retired judge Ian Farlam and his team have been tasked to determine the events which led to the fatal shooting and determine the roles played by unions and Lonmin stakeholders.