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Farlam Commission of Inquiry resumes today

The commission will start hearing final arguments from various legal teams.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Farlam Commission of Inquiry resumes today to hear final arguments about the killings that took place in Marikana in 2012.

A total of 44 people were killed during an unprotected strike at the Platinum mine.

The commission has heard evidence from 56 witnesses to try and determine the causes of the unrest.

Today the commission will start hearing final arguments from various legal teams representing the police, the miners, unions and Lonmin.

The commission has sat for a total of 293 days, hearing evidence in an attempt to discover the root causes behind the violence and deaths at the mine.

The police maintain they were trying to disarm and disperse the protesters before 34 were gunned down and questions have been raised about whether they were justified in using live ammunition.

The commissioners will submit their final report to the Presidency by the end of March.