Damning new footage of Marikana shooting

2013-01-28 14:54
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Cape Town - A British news channel has broadcast damning footage taken from the police’s perspective of the Marikana shooting that left 34 miners dead.

Channel 4 News said it received cellphone footage taken by two police officers who were present at the 16 August 2012 shooting.

The only footage seen by media has been that taken by EWN, eNCA and CNN.

But the footage taken by the officers shows that most of the miners died a “few hundred metres away” from where the media was, Channel 4 reports.

“The [miners] had fled here after the initial shooting, seeking sanctuary,” the reporter states.

In the police video, an officer is heard shouting “wait, don’t shoot. Don’t shoot him!” after a miner was seen running past police. Seconds later, gunfire rings out.

The officer who had taken the footage then walks over to where a man lies motionless. Another officer is then heard on the video saying: “That motherfucker. I shot him at least 10 times.”

The man was later identified as a 26-year-old miner who was shot 12 times.

The Marikana commission’s secretary Phuti Setati told News24 he was unaware of the cellphone footage and thus cannot comment on it.

  • A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that a statement would be released by Setati.

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