Police blamed for Marikana Massacre

The Report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the events at the Marikana Mine in Rustenburg has recommended that there be an enquiry into National Police Commissioner, General Riah Phiyega’s, fitness to hold office.

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“The commission has recommended that there must be an inquiry into the fitness to hold office, of the National Police Commissioner as well as the North West Provincial Police Commissioner in terms of Section 9 of the South African Police Service Act,” said the President Zuma.

On 26 August 2012, a commission of inquiry was appointed to investigate matters of public, national and international concern arising out of the tragic incidents at the Lonmin Mine in Marikana during 11 to 16 August 2012.

About 44 people lost their lives and many others were injured.

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President Zuma said the commission made a number of recommendations regarding policing, including that a panel of experts be appointed to revise and amend all prescripts relevant to public order policing; investigate the world’s best practices and measures available for use, without resorting to the use of weapons capable of automatic fire, where public order policing methods are inadequate.

According to the commission, the SAPS should review the adequacy of the training of the members who use specialised equipment such as water cannons and video equipment and all SAPS helicopters should be equipped with functional video cameras.


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