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Miner in Marikana Inquiry hotseat

Lonmin miner Siphethe Phatsha will continue being cross-examined in the Marikana Inquiry today.

Lonmin miner Siphethe Phatsha will continue being cross-examined in the Marikana inquiry today. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

RUSTENBURG - The Marikana Commission of Inquiry has heard that striking Lonmin miners declared war with police on the day that 34 protesters were gunned down in August 2012.

Miner Siphethe Phatsha will continue being cross-examined on Monday about the violence that erupted at the platinum mine last year.

The police's legal team has argued that miners told the police to sign a paper before the shooting on 16 August, so that the world could see how they would kill each other.

Phatsha would not comment on the statements allegedly said by one of the protest leaders during the wage strike last year.

He claims the miners continued to arm themselves with knives, pangas and other traditional weapons to preempt another attack by the National Union of Mineworkers, following a confrontation which is said to have sparked the violence at Marikana.

Cross examination continues today.

Retired Judge Ian Farlam has been tasked with determining if police were justified in using maximum force on miners.

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