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'Marikana evidence was tampered with'

A policeman told the Marikana Inquiry that bodies were moved following the shooting.

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

RUSTENBURG - A policeman on Thursday told the Marikana Commission of Inquiry that evidence from the scene of the August 16 shooting was tampered with.

The hearing is trying to determine whether police were justified in using live ammunition to disperse protesters at the Lonmin platinum mine.

Some 34 striking workers were killed in the bloody shooting.

During cross-examination, Warrant Officer Patrick Thamae told the inquiry that he had not collected dangerous weapons from the miners.

"Mr chair [retired judge Ian Farlam], I didn't rearrange the weapons," said Thamae.

However, the officer said bodies had also been moved and there were not enough police cones to mark all the cartridges that were found.

It has also emerged that miners opened fire.

At least 31 pistol cartridges were found where most of the protesters had been gunned down.

President Jacob Zuma appointed Farlam to head a commission shortly after the killings.