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Mthethwa receives Marikana report

2012-08-25 09:15

Johannesburg - A report alleging that arrested mine workers have been assaulted by the police was handed to Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Friday.

"The preliminary report provided to the minister confirms that on August 22 it came to the attention of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) that detainees linked to the Marikana incident were assaulted by [SA Police Service] SAPS members at Phokeng police station and Mogwase police station," Mthethwa's spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said in a statement.

Police shot dead 34 striking Lonmin Platinum mine employees and wounded 78 in a violent confrontation last Thursday. A total of 260 mineworkers were arrested.

They complained to the IPID that they had been assaulted by the police during their arrests.

"The IPID's investigators registered a case of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm at the Mogwase Police Station. Investigators obtained statements from 50 victims in this regard," said Mnisi.

Two similar cases were opened at the Phokeng and Jericho police stations by mineworkers detained there.

Mnisi said arrangements were being made for some of the miners to be relocated and to receive medical attention.

"Any police officer who conducts him or herself in a manner that is not in line with constitutional principles should face the full might of the law and I encourage IPID to investigate these allegations, without fear or favour," Mthethwa said in the statement.

Comments
  • john.barbarian.9 - 2012-08-25 09:28

    Nathi Mthethwa, Can we have some "Enlightenment" of what your department is planing to do with the deceased and wounded Police officers in Moinoi/Marikana ?

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-08-25 09:56

    ...they obtained statements from the "victims" (read: thugs) I bet these statements were exactly the same. Very reliable indeed. Why were they beaten up? Their behaviour perhaps?

  • Marlize Holtzhausen - 2012-08-25 10:05

    Government has ONE function, and that is to ensure that current legislation are upheld/enforced. Maybe SA leaders in government should be concerned with only doing what they are suppose to do and that is to ensure a safe SA through upholding current law. Stop giving the Malema's of the world a platform to cause havoc. There is simply no way of moving forward with the influence of people that insist on being stuck in the past.

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-25 10:33

    This makes me laugh because this story talks about the constitution forgeting that the documents is writen down and police can not read.These are people who ran away from school and now you expect them to even understand the current constitution? they only watch apartheid videos and copy cat them.corporal punishment was long abolished.but our police only undrstand the word fetch..just like the police dogs who happen to be better educated than the human police.

      Palesa Phakoe - 2012-08-25 15:11

      xuma things are changed,we hv police dat did not run away frm school.do yr reseach.

  • thandinkosi.nogwanya - 2012-08-25 10:37

    The plice seem to leaderless in the Marikana/Northwest area.The fact that one of their own was injured , did call for them to go to war with the community_must serve and protect at all times. If not turn to gangs to state uniform _boot them out.It's clear they are taking thier anger on these miner. Then the must leave the force immediately and continue with thugery as private citizens.

  • markus.coetzer - 2012-08-25 11:43

    Now is the time for a new political party to emerge, while the nation is disgusted at the pro-crime approach of the ANC and the DA. I have yet to speak to a single person who doesn't believe the police acted in an appropriate and disciplined manner. And I wish the news agencies would stop referring to the cop killers as victims, do the ten innocent people they'd killed previously mean nothing. In effect they committed suicide, believing that a sangoma can make them invulnerable to bullets. The Chinese discovered that doesn't work during the Boxer Rebellion.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-25 12:04

    You mean they had to push the report under his locked bedroom door.

  • keith.roberts.98434 - 2012-08-26 04:49

    "Investigate without fear or favour." says Mthethwa. I should think so. And no investigative body which needs such instruction should be allowed to investigate anything. Mthethwa's comment strikes me as being insulting tosay the least.

  • bivance.ngobeni - 2012-09-15 00:39

    Some police officer come and took permmit of the tavern afternoon and that permmit is probaply legal and when that office take that permmit the owner of the tarven he was not around he left his tarven it was a day to go and visit his doctor and we told that policeman that the owner of the tavern are not yet around hear but he forced to take the permmit and the law said that if the tarven is illigal take all the fridges that carry the liquor product that are not legal and that officer took the permmit just becouse of the owner are not around his business so we dont know what we can do to the office and what this man doing its a crime or frot so what know my children are going to eat becouse i have a licence to sell liquor product but still is not alright

  • bivance.ngobeni - 2012-09-15 00:40

    Some police officer come and took permmit of the tavern afternoon and that permmit is probaply legal and when that office take that permmit the owner of the tarven he was not around he left his tarven it was a day to go and visit his doctor and we told that policeman that the owner of the tavern are not yet around hear but he forced to take the permmit and the law said that if the tarven is illigal take all the fridges that carry the liquor product that are not legal and that officer took the permmit just becouse of the owner are not around his business so we dont know what we can do to the office and what this man doing its a crime or frot so what know my children are going to eat becouse i have a licence to sell liquor product but still is not alright

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