Marikana: Bodies lay between rocks

2012-10-31 10:46

A police forensic expert testifying at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry has painted a grim picture of the sight that confronted him when he arrived to comb the crime scene at Marikana’s Small Koppie on August 16.

Captain Apollo Jeremiah Mohlaki said today he found bodies lying between rocks, with lots of traditional weapons lying at the scene.

Mohlaki said he also found a firearm loaded with 15 rounds of ammunition at Small Koppie where the bodies of 18 people, allegedly shot by police, were found.

He said he had arrived at the scene on August 16 just after 4pm, and worked through the night until 3.10 pm the following afternoon, combing the scene.

Mohlaki said he found lots of pangas, spears, bush knives, sticks and sharpened steel rods, which the commission later learnt were known as incula, used mostly by Xhosa men during battle.

Mohlaki said he had found traditional weapons next to bodies marked C up to M, but found no bullet cartridges next to the bodies.

He said the closest cartridge found to any body was 20.2 metres away.

It was a 9mm cartridge next to the body of Mkhonjwa Mokhonyane. He told the commission the bodies were found between big rocks and trees.

A firearm still concealed inside a holster, loaded with 15 rounds of ammunition was found between bodies D up to G.

The bodies have been identified as those of Julius Magcotywa, Raphael Janeveke Liau and Thabiso Mosehetsane. The spot where the firearm was found was marked F, which is the reason there was no body F.

The hearing continues.

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