Demonstrators wave placards during a site inspection by the judicial commission
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South Africa shooting inquiry gets under way

A judicial commission of inquiry into the fatal shootings of 44 people at a Marikana mine has opened.

The inquiry was set up by South African President Jacob Zuma.

The investigation will determine the roles played by the police, the management of the platinum mine, Lonmin, the unions and government.

Some 34 striking miners were killed in a day of bloodshed on 16 August. Ten others, including two policemen, died during weeks of unrest at the mine.

Milton Nkosi reports.

  • 01 Oct 2012