Wounded Marikana miner commits suicide

One of the miners who survived the Marikana shooting has allegedly committed suicide.

One of the miners who survived the Marikana police shooting has allegedly committed suicide.

RUSTENBURG - The Farlam Commission of Inquiry on Wednesday heard that a miner, who was wounded during the Marikana bloodbath, has committed suicide.

The man's family believes he took his life earlier in December, as a result of the trauma of events surrounding the Lonmin shooting in the North West province.

At least 34 miners were gunned down and 78 others were injured when police used live ammunition to disperse striking workers on August 16.

The miners from the platinum mining company were demanding a minimum wage of R12,500.

Retired judge Ian Farlam, who is leading the inquiry, sent his condolences to the miner's family.

President Jacob Zuma appointed Farlam to head the hearing into the deadly shooting.

The inquiry is taking place at the Rustenburg Civic Centre.