Marikana cops' competency questioned

2014-02-18 16:55
(File)

(File)

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

Pretoria - Senior police officers' expertise came under the spotlight at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry on Tuesday as North West police chief Lieutenant General Zukiswa Mbombo gave evidence.

She was cross-examined by Michelle Le Roux, for the SA Human Rights Commission, at the inquiry's public hearings in Pretoria.

Quoting the statement of international public order policing (POP) expert Gary White, Le Roux said: "Mr White says POP experience is undoubtedly useful but it is not sufficient unless you are properly trained in what is considered as best practices.

"Major General Charl Annandale, [North West deputy police chief] Major General William Mpembe, Brigadier Adriaan Calitz, yourself [Mbombo], and Major General [Ganasen] Naidoo were the commanders of the police operation on 16 August 2012.

"None of you, except Major General Annandale, had been trained in POP after 1994... none of you had the occupational competency," Le Roux said.

Mbombo said her counterparts had the requisite competence in crowd management.

"General Mpembe might not have had recent training but in his work, he is always involved in such operations. Brigadier Calitz has been working with POP ever since I knew him.

"I am not saying continuous training is important but I think if a person is involved in a job, you get the necessary experience in order to be competent."

Le Roux insisted the police commanders who were in charge at Marikana, near Rustenburg in North West, during the violent strike-related unrest at Lonmin's platinum mining operations there had not been adequately trained as stipulated in policing guidelines.

"Those senior commanders for the Marikana operation, while they may be very experienced, [they] have not been trained. As the provincial commissioner it would be your responsibility to make sure they were getting properly trained and that hasn't happened," she said.

Mbombo said "training interventions" were conducted by police head office.

"It is my responsibility to see to it that my people get the training but it is not for me to know when that training intervention is going to be held. It is also not for me to know how many of my police officers would get that training," said Mbombo.

The commission, chaired by retired judge Ian Farlam, is probing the deaths of 44 people at Marikana.

On 16 August 2012, 34 people, mostly striking miners, were shot dead and 78 people were wounded when police fired on a group gathered at a hill near the mine.

They were trying to disperse and disarm them.

In the preceding week, 10 people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed in the strike-related violence.

President Jacob Zuma established the inquiry shortly after the shootings.

- SAPA
Read more on:    zukiswa mbombo  |  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
13 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Five wrapping hacks you have to know before Christmas

Five gift wrapping hacks that will save Christmas for you!

 
 

I love summer.24

Sexiest Instagrams of 2014
Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!
Summer Survey!
Great ideas for the best summer sandwiches!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Grand Theft Auto 5

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

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

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

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off the bestselling books

Save big on the most captivating reads of 2014. While stocks last. Shop 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

The energy today is serious, materialistic and hardworking. You may find you get a new outlook on things and you may want to spend...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.