October 1st, 2012
12:07 AM ET

South African commission probing miners' deaths starts proceedings

A South African commission tasked with investigating the killings of dozens of striking miners by police starts its proceedings Monday.

President Jacob Zuma ordered the inquiry into the killings, one of the deadliest attacks since the end of apartheid in 1994.

The proceedings will be open to the public except in cases where officials believe justice will be undermined, the commission said in a statement.

Workers at the Lonmin-owned Marikana platinum mine ended their weekslong strike last monthafter accepting a pay hike of up to 22%.

The strikes started in August at the mine in the nation's northwest.

Police opened fire on demonstrators the same month, killing 34 workers. An additional 10 people died in the protests, including two police officers.

South African authorities at first charged 270 miners with murder before dropping the charges pending further investigation.

Rights groups are calling for transparency and fairness in the proceedings.

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  1. nokomismoore

    It was wrong 4 the police 2 kill them 4 wanting more money and now they have it but its not going 2 bring the people who died back

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