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'Police deliberately gave false evidence to Marikana Commission'

The South African Human Rights Commission has strongly criticised the police's conduct.

FILE: Police look down at dead mineworkers who were protesting at Lonmin's Marikana mine on 16 August 2012 for more wages. Picture: EWN.

PRETORIA - The South African Human Rights Commission says police knowingly submitted false evidence at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.

The commission is hearing closing arguments after sitting for 293 days and hearing testimony from more than 50 witnesses.

It's investigating the violence and deaths at the North West platinum mine during an unprotected strike in August 2012.

The commission's Michelle le Roux has strongly criticised the police's conduct, as did the evidence leaders yesterday.

Le Roux says live ammunition was brought to the scene and mortuary vans called out, meaning the police could foresee that lethal force would likely be used in Marikana.

She says they should have taken steps to minimise deaths.

Le Roux added that police have not taken accountability for their actions and did not provide the commission with all the relevant information.

This, she says, shows that police failed to engage in a full and fair manner.