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Marikana Inquiry to resume

A cop has come under fire after admitting evidence at the scene of the shooting was tampered with.

Crime scene investigators on the scene of the Lonmin mine shootings on 16 August 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

RUSTENBURG - A policeman on Thursday came under fire after he admitted that evidence at the scene of the Marikana shooting was tampered with.

Warrant Officer Patrick Thamae made the revelations at the commission of inquiry looking into the August 16 shooting, which claimed the lives of 34 striking Lonmin employees.

He admitted that weapons and bodies at the scene were moved before he went to collect evidence.

It was the first time police acknowledged that the crime scene was tampered with.

Advocate George Bizos, who is representing some of the victims' families, said it made no sense why evidence was moved.

Thamae said he rearranged a pile of the traditional weapons carried by miners, but said that they were already stacked when he arrived.

The inquiry was set up by President Jacob Zuma to determine whether police officers were justified in using live rounds of ammunition on striking workers in the North West town.

The commission is being headed by retired judge Ian Farlam.

It will also determine the role played by unions, government and Lonmin management during the five-week long unrest which claimed a total of 47 lives.

The inquiry will resume on Friday.

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