Live ammo not part of 'Marikana plan'

2013-09-05 22:29
(Picture: AP)

(Picture: AP)

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

Johannesburg - The police plan to address strike-related unrest at Marikana last year did not include the use of live ammunition, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry heard in Centurion on Thursday.

"At no stage did the plan envisage the use of [live] ammunition. The plan had the backing of the skilled members to deal with any high risk situation," said Lieutenant Colonel Duncan Scott.

Scott was presenting his 149-page statement to the commission, and detailed the police's role in stopping the unrest last year.

He played an important role in drafting the police plan to disperse and disarm the striking mineworkers. The plan was referred to as the "Scott plan".

The events at Marikana did not go as he had initially planned, Scott said.

The commission, chaired by retired Judge Ian Farlam, is investigating the killing of 44 people during strike-related unrest near Lonmin's Marikana operations in North West.

Police shot dead 34 people - almost all of them striking mineworkers - while trying to disperse them on 16 August 2012.

Ten other people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed in the preceding week.

The commission will hear argument on Friday in an application to postpone the hearings.

Dali Mpofu, for the arrested and wounded miners, has submitted an application for the postponement of the commission until the issue of funding for the miners' legal team is resolved.

Read more on:    lonmin  |  police  |  ian farlam  |  dali mpofu  |  marikana inquiry

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

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
21 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

/Sport

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
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.