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Marikana inquiry to hear from miners

Lonmin miners are due to take the stand at Marikana Commission of Inquiry this week.

Lonmin miners are due to take the stand at Marikana Commission of Inquiry this week. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

RUSTENBURG - Lonmin miners are due to take the stand at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry this week.

The inquiry is investigating the violence which erupted outside Lonmin's platinum mine in August last year during an illegal strike that left 44 people dead.

Advocate Dali Mpofu, who is representing some of the the miners, spent Monday consulting with his clients before calling some of them to testify.

It will be the first time the commission, chaired by retired judge Ian Farlam, hears from the miners themselves.

Those who were part of the protest and those who survived the clash with police on 16 August will testify.

It follows testimony from the National Union of Mineworkers president Senzeni Zokwana last week, who came under fire for not doing enough to prevent the illegal strike or properly represent their members.

The inquiry's job is also to determine the roles unions and Lonmin management played during the strike and to determine whether police were justified in using maximum force on miners who had gathered in protest for better salaries.

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