Security guard’s tongue cut off, Marikana commission hears

2012-11-06 12:11

Striking mine workers hacked and burnt two security guards to death, cutting off the tongue of one of them with pangas after stealing their firearms.

The Farlam commission of inquiry into the Marikana shootings on August 16 has heard chilling evidence and seen spine-chilling photographs of a security guard’s badly mutilated body, and another of his colleague, burnt beyond recognition.

The guards, Frans Mabelane and Hassan Fundi, were among the 44 victims of the violent Lonmin strike, which is currently being probed by the commission.

Fundi’s widow, Aisha, collapsed into the arms of a relative and sobbed when the graphic images were displayed on projectors in the auditorium.

The photographs are part of evidence being led by Colonel Victor Visser of SAPS, which is one of the parties being probed by the commission.

Visser said the two security guards were killed while attempting to stop a crowd of 3 000 miners from marching to the offices of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Sunday, August 12.

There were only four security guards trying to stop a crowd of 3 000 miners, who had in the past two days been involved in violent confrontations.

Visser said the guards had fired rubber bullets at the crowd, but Mabelane and Fundi were isolated and killed, while their two colleagues ran away.

He said later that day, a group of 200 men were seen undergoing a ritual at a koppie in Wonderkop.

The men were seen in aerial photographs taken by police, gathered in a circle at the bottom of the koppie.
Visser’s testimony continues.

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