Marikana video disproves cops' version

Johannesburg - A video shown at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry appears to disprove the police version of events ahead of the fatal shootings, The Times reported on Friday.

The police claimed that the miners had attacked them and that they had used non-lethal force before resorting to live ammunition at "scene one", a cattle kraal near the Nkaneng informal settlement.

The video was commissioned by the SA Human Rights Commission.

Production house TiNT Post showed all events in strict chronological order, as determined by time stamps on source material, including media and police footage.

It showed that the barbed wire rolled out by the police at "scene one" was laid well after miners in the lead group had moved from the hill towards Nkaneng and that the miners would have had ample time to attack the police as they moved.

Instead the lead group attempted to move towards a road to Nkaneng that other protesters were using, according to photographs taken about 10 minutes before the shooting.

They were blocked by a Nyala which created a channel leading them towards the Tactical Response Team, who shot at them moments later.

The inquiry, chaired by retired judge Ian Farlam, is investigating the deaths of 44 people during a violent wage strike at Lonmin's platinum mining operations at Marikana, near Rustenburg, North West, two years ago.

Thirty-four people, mostly striking mineworkers, were shot dead in a clash with the police, more than 70 were wounded, and 250 were arrested on 16 August 2012. Police were apparently trying to disarm and disperse them.

In the preceding week, 10 people, including two policemen and two Lonmin security guards, were killed.

Awa 2014/09/05 09:25:49 AM
Now what ?
Alan Robertson 2014/09/05 09:32:45 AM
Time to wrap up this commission now...justice delayed is justice denied...
MeThinks 2014/09/05 09:54:03 AM
The truth lies somewhere...
David Dave 2014/09/05 10:05:01 AM
TRT"Amaberethe" Death Squard what they were doing there,Public Order n Riot Police are the one who supposed to be there,look now it look like the finger will point @ TRT coz they are always Blood Thirsty
Thembani Cekiso Akahlulwa 2014/09/05 10:17:28 AM
Since I saw dat vidio its unbelievable hw our ppl whr killed I will nv trst any police man they a killers fullstop nxa
Kgalosi Mabusela 2014/09/05 10:38:59 AM
If peole break the law,the police are suppose to arrest them. Our police were told to kill them thinking that it woud deter them from joining AMCU because it poses a threat towards NUM an affiliate of COSATU.Mr Rhino,NUM,as long as I am still alife and Zokwa are responsible for the whole fiasco.
Hestie Barnard Gerber 2014/09/05 10:49:37 AM
Wow, thank you for mentioning that 10 people were killed the week before. Including 2 police officers. Why does the media report so little on the preceding week... And on how, exactly, the security guards and police officers were killed? Just a quick refresher, the security guards were Frans Mabelani and Hassan Fundi. They were savagely HACKED to death while pleading for mercy. Afterwards their bodies were mutilated. The two police officers were Warrant Officers Tsietsi Monene and Sello Lepaku. They too, were viciously hacked to pieces and mutilated. Strikers even burned pieces of flesh from the victims which were later ground up for "muti" to make them invincible. Pardon me if I dare say, the miners had it coming. If I had been a police officer, who had just a few days ago watched the taunting, aggressive and armed mass hack my partners to death for a few rands extra every month, I would have acted the exact same way.
oupa.chipana.9 2014/09/05 10:49:46 AM
What reason may lead to the brutal killing of Police Official?
Obakeng Molobi 2014/09/05 11:16:11 AM
Saw the documentary few weeks ago. Without shying away from the earlier murders committed by the miners earlier, cops acted really bad on the koppie incident... What is sad is that to date, the killings are still going on in marikana. I personally think there's more to this strike than it meets the eye.
Brad Saunders 2014/09/05 11:22:22 AM
When are people going to wake up to the reality that criminals rights are more equal than law abiding citizens. The mere fact that 10 people were killed before the supposed massacre showed the retraint with which the SAP acted. Those miners killed were culpable by association for the slaughter of the security guards and police officers. Did the police have to wait until they themselves were massacred before reacting? I think not.