Lonmin security testimony to continue

2014-07-24 08:41
A police officer in Marikana (File, AP)

A police officer in Marikana (File, AP)

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Johannesburg - Lonmin security superintendent Dewalt Louw will continue giving evidence at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's public hearings in Pretoria on Thursday.

On Wednesday Louw said striking mineworkers had surrounded the bakkie he and a colleague were travelling in, days before the shooting.

The crowd attacked the car with knobkerries, pangas, and spears.

As his colleague struggled to start the car, Louw said he fired four rubber bullets from his shotgun through the bakkie's broken window.

The commission, chaired by retired judge Ian Farlam, is investigating the deaths of 44 people during strike-related violence at Lonmin's mining operations in August 2012.

Thirty-four people, mostly striking Lonmin mineworkers, were shot dead in a clash with police, over 70 were wounded, and another 250 arrested on 16 August 2012.

Also on Wednesday, Farlam expressed concern about killings of people linked to the commission.

"I would ask the police to redouble their efforts to ensure violence of this kind is not allowed to continue," Farlam said.

Dali Mpofu SC, for the arrested and wounded miners, said his clients were petrified.

"Their fear is that those who have been implicated falsely feel that their lives are under threat. They are not under protection and are vulnerable."
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