Mpembe gives evidence at Marikana inquiry

2013-06-07 13:26
Police officers at Marikana. (Picture: Sapa)

Police officers at Marikana. (Picture: Sapa)

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Pretoria - Major General William Mpembe gave his evidence-in-chief at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry in Centurion on Friday.

The commission, chaired by retired judge Ian Farlam, is investigating the circumstances that led to the death of 44 people during unrest at Lonmin's Platinum mine in Marikana in North West last year.

Police shot dead 34 striking mineworkers on 16 August. Another 10 people, including two police officers and two security guards, were killed in the preceding week.

Previous witnesses testified that police officials had issued threats to Mpembe, blaming him for the deaths of the two officers.

The pair was hacked to death on 13 August - the same day that Mpembe arrived in Marikana.

Mpembe, who is the deputy provincial commissioner responsible for operational matters, said national police commissioner Riah Phiyega had instructed him to stay in Marikana to address the situation.

According to Mpembe, Phiyega said to him the situation warranted that he stay and help with the operation.

Mpembe told the commission that since completing his basic police training in 1996, he had received extensive training in crowd management.

This included how to compile plans for police operations and how to execute such plans.

Vuyani Ngalwana, for the police, is leading Mpembe in delivering his evidence-in-chief.

Read more on:    lonmin  |  police  |  ian farlam  |  mahikeng  |  marikana inquiry

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