Marikana commission takes a break

2013-06-14 21:00
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Johannesburg - The Farlam Commission of Inquiry probing the deaths of 44 people at Lonmin Platinum's mine at Marikana in August last year was adjourned on Friday, SABC radio reported.

The commission, sitting in Centurion, would resume on Tuesday.

On Friday, North West deputy police chief William Mpembe told the commission arrested miners were taken to premises offered by Lonmin for processing because the Marikana police station was undergoing renovations.

Mpembe said there was no electricity at the police station, and the police decided to use the facility offered by Lonmin.

The inquiry heard on Thursday that the police were told about the danger they would face at a hill in Marikana during the mining unrest.

Vuyani Ngalwana, for the police, read a statement by Warrant Officer Rapheso Masenya to North West deputy police commissioner General William Mpembe.

Masenya was part of the operations on 16 August and recorded events with a video camera.

In his statement, Masenya said he and his team were told by Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa not to get close to the protesters because they would get hurt.

Captain Dennis Adriao had told Masenya and his team: "You are being identified as police spies and you should withdraw from this place as miners said they would kill you."

Masenya said he and his team, who were filming the scene, went back to the operations centre.

- SAPA

Read more on:    lonmin  |  police  |  amcu  |  william mpembe  |  joseph mathunjwa  |  mahikeng  |  marikana inquiry
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