Mthethwa back at Marikana inquiry

2014-07-15 06:46
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa (Picture: Sapa)

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa (Picture: Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Cross-examination of former police minister Nathi Mthethwa was expected to continue at the Marikana commission of inquiry, sitting in Centurion, on Tuesday.

On Monday, Mthethwa told the commission that the deaths of Lonmin mineworkers shot on 16 August 2012 were tragic and should never have happened in a democratic South Africa.

"Whatever happened there was not supposed to happen under democracy. Something terribly wrong took place there," he said.

A total of 34 people, mostly striking mineworkers, were shot dead in a clash with police in Marikana near Rustenburg in the North West.

Over 70 others were wounded while another 250 were arrested.

In the preceding week, 10 people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed. Mthethwa told the commission that he was unaware about the weaponry used by the police who were deployed to the platinum mine.

He said weapons were an operational matter, out of his ambit.

The commission, chaired by retired judge Ian Farlam, was investigating the 44 deaths.

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