Marikana miners relive 2012 shooting

A final in loco inspection of the koppie & the area where the miners were killed took place yesterday.

FILE: Crosses on the koppie in Marikana, where 34 miners were killed in a standoff with police on 16 August 2012. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Marikana miners yesterday relived the 2012 shooting at a final inspection of the area where 34 people were gunned down on 16 August, 2012.

Retired Judge Ian Farlam yesterday conducted a final in loco inspection in the area.

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry heard evidence from the final witness this week and final arguments into the shooting will now wrap-up the process.

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

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

A large delegation of commissioners, lawyers and surviving miners made their way to Marikana on Tuesday for the final inspection at the koppie and also to the area where miners were shot and killed.

The inspection was supposed to take place last month but was postponed due to security concerns, when a member of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was threatened.

The mining community has been rocked by several killings and threats since the 2012 shooting, largely due to rivalry between the NUM and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union.

Hearings have wrapped-up and final arguments are expected to be heard before the commission hands over recommendations to the Presidency.