Marikana Inquiry: Was evidence destroyed?

It has been suggested police evidence may have been destroyed after the Marikana shooting.

Police opened fire at protesting workers at the Lonmin mine in Marikana, North West, on 16 August, 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

RUSTENBURG - A legal team representing the families of the Marikana victims on Monday suggested police evidence may have been destroyed after the August bloodbath.

A public order policing expert was cross-examined about what police could have done differently before and after 34 miners were gunned down.

Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza urged Brigadier Zephaniah Mkhwanazi to speak up if he knew about any evidence being destroyed before the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.

Mkhwanazi said he was unaware of any evidence being left out or destroyed, but Ntsebeza said it could be a possibility.

"There has been a disturbing absence of evidence that speaks to what happened on that day."

He said it was worrying that there was very little footage of the police's behaviour during the illegal strike in Marikana, and apparently no internal review, despite the police meeting for nine days in Potchefstroom after the tragedy.