A commission of inquiry has been running since the start of October 2012 on the "Marikana shooting", when police opened fire on alleged strikers at
the Lonmin mine near Rustenburg, killing 34, and wounding 78 others.
What seemed at first like a justified police action against violent strikers on 16 August 2012 became increasingly murky, with tales of the forced
arming of "strikers" with traditional weapons; the introduction of witchdoctors to assure "supernatural immunity" from police bullets; confusion
between strikers from opposing unions and local community members, and the actual identity of those shot; different accounts of salaries leading to
the strike, and the activities of local money lenders.
This lead to further pondering on former ANC union leaders now turned mining tycoons (like Cyril Ramaphosa, who seems to have encouraged the police
action), and the political leverage drawn from the incident by socialist radicals like Julius Malema.
Mostly however, the continually emerging evidence points at police misconduct in collusion with some elements of the ANC-run state.
Some scandals so far that can be expanded on further in this thread include:
- the arrest by police of some witnesses coming to testify at the commission (it should be remembered that over 230 men were first imprisoned on a
ridiculous apartheid-era law in unacceptable conditions, and they were only released after a local and international outcry)
- the laughing and joking by police representatives, as the wives and families of the shot men cried out in distress
- evidence that some of the shot men had been handcuffed when they were murdered
- the planting of evidence on the scene.
Anyway, I recall the original footage in August raising temperatures on some threads, and while we may never know the whole truth, I think it is
timely to update some of the events and revelations.
Here is some more on the Farlam Commission:
Johannesburg - South Africa opens an inquiry on Monday into the police killing of at least 34 miners during one day of violence in August, hoping to
uncover how a dispute over pay ended in a bloodbath.
The commission, appointed by President Jacob Zuma, will begin proceedings at the Rustenburg Civic Centre, just a stone's throw from the mine where
police gunned down striking platinum workers on August 16.
The commission, led by former Supreme Court of Appeal judge Ian Gordon Farlam, has been asked to "investigate matters of public, national and
international concern arising out of the tragic incidents at the Lonmin Mine in Marikana".
The police, miners, unions, government and the mine's owners all face tough questions about their conduct during the unrest.
Miners demanding a large pay increase began striking on August 10. The following weeks of violence a total of 46 people were killed including two
But it was graphic footage of events on August 16 that shocked the world, raising parallels to brutality under the white apartheid regime, and has
been described as the worst police crackdown since democracy in 1994.
Under the current mandate, the commission has four months to complete its work and a further month to present its final report.
It will also send interim reports to Zuma once a month. The first report is due by October 1
Also see this site for more horror and scandals on Marikana: www.citypress.co.za...
edit on 6-11-2012 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)