Farlam commission continues

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry into last year's fatal shooting of mineworkers in Marikana, North West, will resume its sittings on Tuesday, but in Centurion instead of at the Rustenburg Civic Centre.

Lawyer Dali Mpofu, for the miners who were wounded and arrested during the shooting, won an application for the move, after arguing that it was expensive to travel to Rustenburg and stay there for the hearings.

He was expected to continue cross-examining national police commissioner Riah Phiyega at Tuesday's hearings at the City of Tshwane municipal offices in Centurion, south of Pretoria.

Last week, Mpofu told the commission, headed by retired judge Ian Farlam, that Phiyega was not ready to apologise for the killing and wounding of the Lonmin miners.

"You have not said sorry, all you have said is that you never said that you are not sorry."

Phiyega said the police had successfully handled most protests since then.

"At least over 80 percent of a total of 151 gatherings and protests were dealt with successfully and peacefully in the past 18 months, even when police were faced serious violence," she said.

The commission is investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of 44 people during the Marikana unrest.

Police shot dead 34 striking mineworkers on August 16. Ten people, including two police officers, were killed in the preceding week.

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