Farlam reprimands Num, Amcu

Commissioner Farlam tells rival unions Num and Amcu to behave at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.

Ian Farlam listens to comments made on day one of the Farlam Commission into the Marikana shooting. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

RUSTENBURG - Retired Judge Ian Farlam reprimanded union members at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, on Thursday, for misbehaving.

The Commission heard that members from rival unions National Union of Mineworkers (Num) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) were aggressive with each other, outside in the Rustenburg Civic Centre's parking lot.

Amcu members started singing anti-Num songs and police were called in to intervene.

"It will hamper the work of the commission at arriving at the truth," said a disappointed Judge Farlam.

He also said this kind of behavior cannot repeat itself.

"I trust that all concerned will behave as well as they have done in the past," said Farlam.

The unions have been blaming each other for the violence that occurred at Lonmin's Marikana mine.

Farlam heads the commission which is investigating the lawfulness of the police's conduct at Lonmin's Platinum mine in August when 34 protesters were gunned down.