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Marikana inquiry given 4-month deadline

The commission has officially wrapped up after sitting for 300 days.

Everyone involved in the Farlam Commission of Inquiry since October 2012. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Farlam Commission of Inquiry has been given just over four months to hand over recommendations to the Presidency after investigating the incidents in Marikana.

After sitting for 300 days and hearing testimony from more than 50 witnesses, the commission has officially wrapped up.

The inquiry probed the deaths of 34 miners who were gunned down by police on 16 August 2012 at Lonmin's Marikana mine.

President Jacob Zuma appointed the inquiry to investigate whether police were justified in using lethal force when the protesting miners were gunned down.

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

The miners maintain they are the ultimate victims while the South African Police Service says everyone involved should take some responsibility for what happened in 2012.

Retired Judge Ian Farlam closed proceedings this afternoon.

Evidence leader Geoff Budlender expressed his disappointment in the police's conduct at the commission.

"Attempts to argue that the commission may not make any meaningful findings and recommendations are not in the interest of the SAPS and they are not in the interest of our country."

Over 50 witnesses testified from October 2012 in an attempt to uncover the truth behind the violence and deaths at Marikana.

LEGAL TEAMS CALL FOR JUSTICE

Legal teams have called for justice to be served.

Advocate Dali Mpofu, who is representing the miners, said he hopes justice will be served.

"The truth must be told and those who are responsible for the misery must pay the price."

Advocate Ishmael Semenya for the police said there must be a collective responsibility.

"The tragedy that is Marikana was produced by a confluence of factors."

The commission will consider all evidence before handing over a final report to the presidency in March.

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