Marikana cops, Lonmin 'exchanged info'

2013-05-15 13:20
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Rustenburg - The relationship between police and Lonmin was professional, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry heard on Wednesday.

"We wouldn't have functioned properly without ears and eyes there," Major General Charl Annandale said during cross-examination by Lonmin lawyer Schalk Burger.

Annandale headed the police's tactical response team during last year's unrest at the platinum mine in Marikana, North West.

He told the commission the two parties exchanged information during the unrest and Lonmin provided police with CCTV footage.

"We wouldn't have been able to work properly without them [Lonmin] playing their important role," he said.

Had the company refused to provide the information, it could have been regarded as a criminal offence, said Annandale.

On Tuesday, Dali Mpofu, for the arrested and injured miners, described the relationship between police and Lonmin as "toxic".

The commission, chaired by retired judge Ian Farlam, is investigating the deaths of 44 people killed in Lonmin's wage-related unrest last year.

Police shot dead 34 striking mineworkers in Marikana on 16 August. Ten people, including two police officers, were killed in the preceding week.

The public hearings are being held in Rustenburg.


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