Police may have withheld information - Marikana

There are calls for investigation into an allegation the police may have withheld information.

The retired South African judge, Ian Farlam, at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - There are calls for an investigation and action to be taken after it was revealed last week that the police may have been withholding information from the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.

The commission was tasked with investigating the events that led to the violence at the north west platinum mine last year which left 44 people dead.

Last week, it was discovered that a computer hard drive with police evidence wasn't handed over in its entirety.

This has fueled speculation that the police are lying about their version of events.

The Democratic Alliance is calling on the Independent Police Investigative Directorate to investigate while the Citizens For Marikana Support Group want the presidency to intervene.

"The fact that the police have withheld information from the commission for over a year is in our view a clear indictment of involvement and transparency regarding the events of August 2012.

"Citizens for Marikana calls on the presidency to salvage justice and truth."