Lonmin shooting records altered, inquiry hears

2014-07-29 14:05
(Picture: AFP)

(Picture: AFP)

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

Pretoria - Reference to Lonmin security guards firing rubber bullets during a scuffle between striking miners in Marikana in August 2012 was removed from a logbook, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry heard on Tuesday.

"Who is responsible for editing the Lonmin OB [occurrence book], deleting certain references to rubber rounds fired by Lonmin people and then putting before us an OB which is censored?" inquiry chairperson retired Judge Ian Farlam asked.

Lonmin security risk manager Dirk Botes was being questioned at the inquiry's public hearings in Pretoria about discrepancies in the occurrence logbooks.

Evidence leader Matthew Chaskalson said according to one of the versions Lonmin guards fired rubber rounds when striking miners approached National Union of Mineworkers members on 11 August 2012.

Chaskalson asked if Botes knew why an entry about the shooting was removed from Lonmin's version given to the inquiry.

Botes replied: "I wasn't there at the site, but the [Lonmin] versions we have here are totally different. The log sheet I have was compiled in the Lonmin JOC [security joint operations centre] while I was in the SAPS [SA Police Service] JOC.

"The people here [in the Lonmin JOC] reported to Graeme Sinclair and he has to account and explain why the shooting was removed at the time, or afterwards."

Sinclair is Lonmin's head of security.

Botes could not say why the occurrence books where altered.

"The person who compiled the log sheets reported to Graeme. I was not in charge of the log sheets and the operators who compiled them," he said.

Alterations

Chaskalson said evidence showed the alterations were made after 27 August 2012.

Farlam said: "This concerns us, because after the 27th of August, someone deleted the entry of the firing of eight rubber rounds. We want to know who that person is, and why."

Chaskalson said other entries had been removed from the Lonmin occurrence logbooks.

"If you compare exhibit XX2.10, with the document on the screen, you will find that two items written in red have been removed. In fact, if you do an overall comparison of the two documents, you find that all evidence of Lonmin shooting at the strikers appears to have been removed from the log given to us by Lonmin. We want help on that," said Chaskalson.

He said other Lonmin witnesses would be questioned on the matter.

The commission is investigating the deaths of 44 people during strike-related violence at Lonmin's platinum mining operations at Marikana, near Rustenburg, North West, in August 2012.

Thirty-four people, mostly striking mineworkers, were shot dead in a clash with police, over 70 were wounded, and another 250 arrested on 16 August 2012. Police were apparently trying to disarm and disperse them.

In the preceding week, 10 people, including two policemen and two Lonmin security guards - Hassan Fundi and Frans Mabelani - were killed.

Fundi and Mabelani were killed on 12 August.

 

- SAPA
Read more on:    lonmin  |  police  |  ian farlam  |  pretoria  |  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
7 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

This is what South Africans Googled in 2014!

Find out who and what South Africans were most curious about in 2014!

 
 

I love summer.24

This hilarious song is your new holiday anthem
The world's least visited destination is breathtaking!
LOL treadmill fail!
Google’s top searches of 2014

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy 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

You may be emotionally defensive or reserved today. You need to step up today as there may be extra responsibilities to deal with....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.