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'Police must be held accountable for Marikana'

Evidence leaders say Riah Phiyega must be investigated to determine if she's fit to hold office.

FILE: Retired Judge Ian Farlam and commissioners at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the Marikana shooting on 3 October 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna.

CENTURION - Evidence leaders at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry have argued that police must be held accountable for the shooting in Marikana more than two years ago.

During a violent and unprotected strike, officers opened fire on thousands of protesters.

A total of 34 miners were killed at Lonmin's platinum mine in 2012.

The commission is now in its final phase with closing arguments being heard this week from legal teams representing police, miners, unions and Lonmin.

Evidence leader Matthew Chaskalson says National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega must be investigated to determine if she's fit to hold office.

Chaskalson has strongly criticised the police's conduct in Marikana, as well as during the commission of inquiry hearings.

He says the police withheld evidence, senior officers gave untruthful testimony and police have generally shown a lack of accountability.

The South African Human Rights Commission will continue its argument tomorrow followed by submissions from the Legal Resources Centre, led by advocate George Bizos.

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