Marikana inquiry to resume

The Marikana Commission of Inquiry will resume Monday after it was adjourned for a month.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Marikana Commission of Inquiry is due to continue on Monday after it was adjourned for a month.

The inquiry is investigating the lawfulness of the police's conduct after 34 miners were gunned down during an illegal strike in August 2012, outside Lonmin's Rustenburg mine.

In the preceding week to the bloodbath, 10 people were brutally killed.

More witnesses are expected to testify this week, after the inquiry was adjourned for the festive season.

Legal teams representing some of the miners arrested or injured during the August shooting had been complaining about a lack of funds, after it was announced hearings would be extended to May.

The inquiry, established by President Jacob Zuma, was initially supposed to submit its final report at the end of January, but it is far from concluding evidence into the killings at Marikana.

The commission and its chairman judge Ian Farlam is trying to determine whether police were justified in using maximum force and whether union rivalry and the way Lonmin management handled the situation played a role into the violence that erupted at the platinum mine last year.

Workers had downed tools in protest of higher wages.