Marikana commission delayed as Police accused of cover-up

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry into 44 deaths during unrest at Marikana last year - the most deadly police action since the end of white minority rule in 1994 - has been postponed until Wednesday with the commission believing The South Africa Police Services (SAPS) falsified or withheld documents, and gave false accounts of events.

"In the past 10 days we have discovered through the evidence leaders that there must be info that was not disclosed by the police, that seeks to suggest that the information was withheld to try and portray a certain approach to the commission in relation to what has been discovered," Spokesperson Tshepo Mahlangu said in a statement.

The police shooting of 34 miners at the Lonmin-owned platinum mine in August 2012 shocked the nation and the commission was appointed by President Jacob Zuma, calling for cooperation from all parties involved so that the country can come to a full understanding of the causes behind the tragedy.

The commission has been delayed several times already over the question of who should pay the legal fees.

The new information may jeopardise its October deadline.

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