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Cops accused of deleting Marikana evidence

Experts will determine if police deleted evidence from a hard drive before handing it to the Inquiry.

Retired South African Judge Ian Farlam at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Computer experts have been called in to determine if police deleted evidence from a hard drive before handing it over to the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.

Concerns have been raised about the South African Police Service's version of events with speculation that it may have been lying all along about the evidence they had before handing it over to the commission.

The commission's spokersperson Tshepo Mahlangu says the new information has now been handed in, but evidence leaders still need to go over it.

"We have managed to come across information that we feel the police should've voluntarily given to us and they did not do this."

The commission believes the police may have been withholding information in order to portray a certain version of events.

Computer experts will try and assess if certain files were deliberately deleted.

The inquiry was set up by President Jacob Zuma after 34 miners were gunned down and 78 others wounded during a standoff with police at Lonmin's Marikana Platinum Mine on 16 August last year.

Ten other people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed in strike-related violence in the days leading up to the shooting.

Lonmin miners had embarked on an unprotected strike to demand higher wages.

The Marikana standoff has been described as the bloodiest shootout in post-apartheid South Africa.