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A judicial investigation begins today into the deadly shooting of 34 strikers at South Africa’s Marikana mine in August.

The inquiry, set up by South African President Jacob Zuma, will consider the role played by police, the mine’s operators, Lonmin and the unions and government.

The killings were the most deadly police action since the end of apartheid in 1994. The commission will also look into the deaths of 10 people in the months leading up to the massacre.

Last month, workers at the Marikana mine agreed to end their action after accepting a pay rise of up to 22 per cent. But elsewhere thousands of others have refused to return to work since violence at the mine.