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Marikana inquiry resumes today

The inquiry has been marred by a number of delays and setbacks since its inception.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Marikana Commission of Inquiry will resume its public hearings in Pretoria today.

The commission, which is chaired by retired Judge Ian Farlam, is investigating the deaths of 44 people during labour-related unrest at Lonmin's platinum mining operations at Marikana in the North West in 2012.

The inquiry was initially set down for four months, but has been marred by a number of delays and interruptions since beginning in October 2012, causing its credibility to be questioned.

President Jacob Zuma set up the inquiry to determine whether police were justified in using lethal force on striking miners.

At least 34 people were killed in the 16 August 2012 shooting.

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

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

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