Commission: Police lied about Marikana

2013-09-19 15:28

The Marikana Commission of Inquiry’s evidence leaders have accused the police of lying to the commission about the events of August 16 when 34 miners were shot dead by police.

This is the shocking allegation contained in a press release that was today issued by the advocates responsible for leading evidence before the commission.

It emerged after police hard drives containing thousands of pages of records which the police have never handed over, were leaked to evidence leaders.

Among these pages of evidence were documents “which in our opinion demonstrate that the SAPS version of the events at Marikana, as described in the SAPS presentation to this commission and in the evidence of the SAPS witnesses at this commission, is in material respects not the truth”.

The statement says a preliminary examination of documents has revealed that:

» The police have lied about the existence of certain documents;

» Have hidden other documents which should have been disclosed to the commission; and

» The police appear to have faked certain documents at a nine-day meeting they held in Potchefstroom. These documents purport to be from the day the Marikana shooting occurred.

“We do not make this statement lightly. We recognise that is is important that the SAPS should have the opportunity to explain the matters which have raised our concern.

“However, we have to say that absent a convincing explanation, the material which we have found has serious consequences for the further conduct of the work of this commission.”

The evidence leaders have called for a halt to the proceedings until next Wednesday.

A total of 44 people lost their lives in the violence at Marikana just over a year ago.

The full statement:

Marikana commission postpones hearings to further examine SAPS material

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.