Inquiry into mine shooting begins
THE Marikana commission of inquiry will start public hearings at the Rustenburg Civic Centre today.
All interested parties would meet at the civic centre at 9am and proceed to the area where 34 striking workers of the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana were shot dead by police on August 16.
The commission's secretary said people would be allowed to point out places which they considered relevant to the inquiry. The descriptions of what happened at the site would be recorded.
Following the in loco inspection, formal sittings of the commission were expected to start at the civic centre on Wednesday.
President Jacob Zuma announced a three-member judicial commission of inquiry in August to probe the mine violence.
The commission, chaired by retired Judge Ian Farlam, has been mandated to determine the roles played by Lonmin, the police, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, and the National Union of Mineworkers.
It will also determine the role played by the department of mineral resources or any other government department or agency, and the conduct of individuals and groupings in promoting a situation of conflict and confrontation which could have given rise to the shootings.
Farlam has designated a counsel as evidence leaders who would evaluate and present evidence before the commission.
The counsel consisted of advocates Mbuyiseli Madlanga, Mathew Chaskalson, Geoff Budlender, Johannes Nxusana, and Charles Wessley.