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Marikana: Families blame Lonmin, police

Relatives of the victims shared their personal stories of heartache during the inquiry on Wednesday.

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

PRETORIA - Families of the Marikana miners, who were killed almost two years ago, say they blame Lonmin Platinum and the police for the shooting, which claimed 34 lives.

Relatives of the victims shared their personal stories of heartache and sorrow at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry today.

President Jacob Zuma appointed the inquiry to investigate whether police were justified in using lethal force on 16 August 2012.

Ten people were also killed in the days leading to the shooting including a mineworker, strikers, two Lonmin security guards and two policemen.

Emotions ran high with widows weeping when they had to talk about their loved ones.

Earlier, proceedings were adjourned when one widow collapsed just before her statement was read out.

Families of the victims want government to compensate them because the miners were the breadwinners and now they've been left in a financially difficult situation.

A moment of silence was held earlier for the three miners who were killed and two police officers who were hacked to death exactly two years ago today.