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Phiyega video shown at Marikana hearing

The clip shows top cop Riah Phiyega thanking officers after the Marikana shooting.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega addresses the media on the Lonmin shooting. Picture: GCIS.

RUSTENBURG - A video clip of National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega thanking officers after the Marikana shooting has been shown at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry.

The hearing was set up by President Jacob Zuma following the August 16 shooting that claimed the lives of 34 miners in the North West mining town.

Mineworkers were demanding a pay increase.

On Tuesday, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) argued that the police's operational plan was flawed on the day in question.

A video clip of Phiyega was then shown to the Rustenburg hearing, where she praised officers at the mine.

"Whatever happened represents the best of responsible policing," Phiyega said.

The lack of specialised police on the ground was also brought into question.

Concerns were raised about the police's failure to update their plan before dispersing the crowd.