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Lawyer representing Marikana miners vows to fight on

Andries Nkomo represents at least 200 miners who were injured in the 2012 shooting.

Three years later, miners carry sticks and umbrellas not knives and pangas, as the 16 August marks three years anniversary of the Marikana shooting. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The lawyer representing the Marikana miners says he will continue fighting to ensure all those responsible for the massacre face the full might of the law.

Thirty-four miners were gunned down by police exactly four years ago during an unprotected strike at Lonmin Platinum mine.

Andries Nkomo represents at least 200 miners who were injured in the shooting.

He says it's disappointing that nothing has changed four years on.

"Nothing has happened out of what happened four years ago and we're just going back there today. We'll keep on fighting for the dreams that these people had. We're going to make sure that they didn't die in vain."

There will be a commemoration service in the area to mark four years since the tragedy.

Since the tragedy, a Commission of Inquiry has released a report, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has been suspended and the outcome of an inquiry into her conduct is due.

NPA AND IPID STILL INVESTIGATING

Four years after police gunned down 34 miners at Marikana in the North West province the police ministry says the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the Independent Investigative Police Directorate (Ipid) are still investigating the matter and could initiate criminal proceedings.

This emerged at the launch of the police's transformation task team which will consider and implement the findings of the Farlam Commission of Enquiry.

The commission made serious adverse findings about how police managed the miners' strike which led to the deadly shooting.

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko says Ipid and the NPA are in the process of reconstructing the Marikana crime scene.

"That exercise will then determine what it is that needs to happen with regards to the implicated personnel on the scene on the day, and the starting point is the reconstruction of the scene itself."

Acting National Police Commission Khomotso Phahlane says the transformation task team will explore questions police management are currently grappling with.

"Is it a demilitarised organisation by virtue of having moved from the rank of general to commissioner? Is that enough? The work of the Transformation Committee is to find answers to those questions."

The team has until 2019 to complete its work.

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