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'Surrendering miners shot at Marikana'

A miner says police continued shooting at Lonmin workers even when they were trying to surrender.

File: A Marikana miner has testified that police continued shooting at protesters even when they were trying to surrender.  Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

RUSTENBURG - A Marikana miner on Wednesday told the Farlam Commission of Inquiry that police continued shooting at striking workers who were trying to surrender on the day 34 people were gunned down in August 2012.

Miner Siphethe Phatsha made the revelations while giving testimony about the illegal strike.

He said he was trying to run away from police officers at the koppie when he realised his toe was missing.

Phatsha believes his toe was shot off from a helicopter circling above.

He said he continued running and stopped at another small koppie where he saw miners trying to surrender.

"At the time, people were raising their hands and asking for forgiveness, but they were being shot at."

The commission is investigating the events leading up to the deadly August 16 shooting at the North West mine.

Judge Ian Farlam and his team will also look at whether police were justified in using maximum force on Lonmin workers and whether unions had a role in the violence.

The inquiry was postponed to Thursday, due to a power failure at the Rustenburg Civic Centre.

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