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Marikana police accused of 'operating a firing squad'

South African police have been accused of "operating as a firing squad" when they killed 34 striking workers at the Marikana platinum mine two years ago.

The claim is by independent lawyers, advising the investigation into the worst violence witnessed in the country since the end of apartheid.

South Africa's police have consistently argued that their officers fired on the striking miners in "self-defence".

The Marikana Commission public hearings come to an end on Friday.

Andrew Harding reports from South Africa.

  • 14 Nov 2014
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