'No medical help for Marikana miners'

The commission of inquiry has heard some victims did not receive immediate assistance.

FILE: Miners gather on the koppie in Marikana ahead of the anniversary of the shooting in which 34 miners were killed. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Farlam Commission of Inquiry has focused on how some victims of the Marikana shooting were shot from behind and left without immediate medical help.

The commission has also heard how police officers involved in the shooting dealt with the crime scene in August 2012.

The inquiry was set up to probe the deaths of 34 miners at Lonmin's North West mine when police opened fire on striking mineworkers.

The commission has heard that police removed the weapons near the bodies of the striking miners almost immediately.

The police say this was because paramedics raised concerns about their safety while attending to the wounded.

But Advocate Dali Mpofu, acting on behalf of the miners, says paramedics only arrived at the koppie an hour after the shooting.

"That excuse does not hold at scene one because the paramedics were not there to make these complaints."

The families, survivors and other parties have accused the police of deliberately tampering with the evidence.

Proceedings will continue later this morning.