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Police to wrap up arguments at Marikana Commission

An advocate representing police at the Marikana commission says miners should be charged.

FILE: Police open fire at protesting workers at the Lonmin's Marikana mine, North West on 16 August 2012. Picture: EWN.

PRETORIA - Police will wrap up their final arguments today at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry in a last ditch attempt to defend their actions in Marikana.

Advocate Ishmael Semenya who's representing the police service, says mineworkers should be charged with treason for wanting to attack officers on the ground.

Semenya together with other legal teams have submitted their final arguments this week, after a two year investigation into the violence and deaths at the North West platinum mine.

Semenya says he believes its highly unlikely that the president will prosecute the police.

He says officers were threatened by the miners in Marikana and told to leave the area.

"There were 300-400 people who were bearing arms against the state. Show me any higher treason?"

Semenya says we cannot live in a society where there's a brazen approach towards the police service.

Today he'll wrap up his arguments as to why the police were justified in their conduct.

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