Marikana protesters 'aimed to provoke'

2013-05-16 12:42
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Rustenburg - Striking mineworkers taunted police officers who were still in Marikana in the days after the 16 August shooting, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry heard on Thursday.

It watched a video made two days after police shot dead 34 strikers, showing Brigadier Adriaan Calitz briefing scores of policemen in Marikana, North West. Calitz, who heads the North West operational response service, tells them about protesters' plans to provoke them, and that the protesters have invited the media to see how the police have treated them.

On Thursday, Major General Charl Annandale told the commission, sitting at the Rustenburg Civic Centre, that the police had five video cameras at the scene of the protests, and believed at the time that this would be sufficient.
"Usually we have one or two videos per [operation]," he said

Annandale headed the police's tactical response team during the unrest.

The commission was told that two of the cameras belonged to Lonmin platinum mine.

Annandale admitted that using Lonmin's cameras was not ideal.

The commission, chaired by retired judge Ian Farlam, is investigating the circumstances surrounding the 34 deaths and those of 10 more people, including two policemen and two security guards, in the previous week.

- SAPA

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