I didn't shoot anyone at Marikana - cop

2014-01-29 14:41
(Picture: AP)

(Picture: AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pretoria - A senior policeman disputed proposals made to the Farlam Commission of Inquiry on Wednesday suggesting that he should face prosecution for murdering protesting Lonmin mineworkers.

Brigadier Adriaan Calitz was re-examined by Advocate Ishmael Semenya, representing the police at the inquiry in Pretoria.

"Mr [Dali] Mpofu suggests that you ought to be indicted for murder. Did you fire any shots at those who were injured or those who passed on?" Semenya asked.

He also requested Calitz to explain whether there had been "any common purpose and intention amongst the police officers" to unlawfully kill the protesting mineworkers.

Calitz said he did not use his service firearm on 16 August 2012.

"At scene one, it was self defence [by the officers]. Up to now I have not heard of anything that was conducted [by police] unlawfully.

"There was no intention to kill any civilian, not in my position and not in my line of duty. Not at all," said Calitz.

Calitz was the operational police commander during the protracted violent strike at Marikana, near Rustenburg.

The three-member commission, led by retired Judge Ian Farlam, is probing the deaths of 44 people during the wage-related protests in Marikana.

On 16 August 2012, 34 people, mostly striking miners, were shot dead and 78 people were wounded when the police fired on a group gathered at a hill near the mine. They were trying to disperse and disarm them.

In the preceding week, 10 people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed in strike-related violence.

Murder charge

Earlier this month, Advocate Dali Mpofu, representing the wounded and arrested Lonmin miners at the inquiry, said he would recommend that 60 people, including Calitz, be charged with murder in connection with the Marikana shootings.

Mpofu said all officers who fired at the protesters should face consequences.

"For the reasons that we canvassed, we will recommend that you and others ought to be charged with the murders of all 34 persons. Not you alone. Our list now is at about 60 and you will be somewhere around accused number six," Mpofu said.

"Below you [on the list] will be the TRT [police tactical response team] shooters and above you are some of the most senior people, going right up, whom at this stage I am not at liberty to mention."

Calitz said he had had no intention to murder anyone. He said evidence presented to the commission indicated there was no "element of murder".

- SAPA
Read more on:    lonmin  |  police  |  ian farlam  |  dali mpofu  |  marikana inquiry
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com 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
17 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Music

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

As seen on TV - New book releases at only R199 each

Get mind blowing book savings on new titles. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to 50% on Women’s month treats!

Celebrate the awesome women in your life with awesome treats like beauty products, fashion accessories, bestselling books, electronics and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The quest for understanding has reached a new intense emotional level. The more tempestuous your emotions are, the bigger the...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

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 24.com network.

Settings

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.