According to The Con magazine, the Marikana Commission of Inquiry has heard more evidence of how deaths at Marikana were preventable, but for reckless action by high ranking police officers.

On 16 August 2012, after 17 miners were shot at scene one, the North West deputy provincial police commissioner Major General Ganasen Naidoo - responsible for deploying the fire and emergency medical teams on the day - and his men pursued miners fleeing the gunfire rather than moving to scene one. According to a report compiled by Professor Ken Boffard, clinical head at the department of surgery at Wits University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, the deaths of three of the miners at scene one was “potentially preventable” if medical assistance had arrived on time. Boffard noted that “paramedics were in attendance a few metres from the scene”, yet treatment was dispensed only “some 60 minutes after they sustained their wounds”.

Further, miners who survived being shot at scene two told the Commission that while some miners put their hands up in the air to 'surrender', they were still shot. Naidoo and other police officers have stated that they opened fire on miners at scene two in retaliation to miners charging at police. However forensic evidence pieced together by SERI appears to contradict this and an analysis of the gunshot wounds sustained by four dead miners does not correspond with the SAPS' version of events that the miners were charging at police officers.