Fire Mthethwa, Phiyega over Marikana - Maimane

2015-06-28 14:08
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Johannesburg - Former Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and national police commissioner Riah Phiyega should be held accountable and fired over the Marikana killings, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane said on Sunday.

Parliament should also hold an extraordinary sitting urgently to discuss the final report by the Marikana Commission, he said.

The party will also propose a special bill, ''The Marikana Victims Special Compensation Appropriation Bill'' when Parliament reconvenes in August to provide financial support for the victims and their families who would otherwise have to take legal action.

The DA also wants everybody to wear black on August 16, the anniversary of the clash between police and striking miners at Lonmin Platinum.

Maimane said Mthethwa should take political responsibility, and Phiyega, operational responsibility and believed the ruling African National Congress's policy of ''cadre deployment'' was placing people in positions they were ill-equipped to manage.

But, he said the DA's outrage over the shootings, and the report, was not political posturing.

It was because the killing of 34 people on the day, and 10 people leading up to the shooting, was a tragedy.

He said he had no sense that such a tragedy would not happen again.

The report by retired judge Ian Farlam recommended that a commission of inquiry look into Phiyega's fitness to hold office and, according to President Jacob Zuma when he released the report last Thursday, Mthethwa was cleared.

Maimane said the families and victims had had no sense of justice, and were not even briefed ahead of Zuma's release of the report on the national broadcaster.

He said unions should also work to prevent violent conflict when their members exercise their right to strike.

Read more on:    da  |  mmusi maimane  |  nathi mthethwa  |  riah phiyega  |  marikana inquiry

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