No public order officers at Marikana briefing

2013-09-26 12:20
(Lucky Nxumalo, City Press)

(Lucky Nxumalo, City Press)

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Cop quizzed about Marikana

2013-09-26 08:09

Lt-Col Duncan Scott was questioned before the Farlam Commission of Inquiry on Wednesday about police strategies during the Marikana unrest last year. Watch. WATCH

Johannesburg - Not a single public order policing (POP) official was present when the main police briefing on the Marikana unrest dispersal plan was held, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry heard on Thursday.

These officers would have been responsible for dispersing striking mineworkers who had gathered at a hill at Lonmin's platinum mining operations at Marikana, near Rustenburg in the North West in August last year.

"They (the POP officers) were out in the field," Lieutenant Colonel Duncan Scott told the commission.

Scott said although no current POP member was present to make inputs to the dispersal plan he had drafted, one senior officer who had previously served as a POP officer was present.

The meeting happened on 16 August 2012 around 13:30, a few hours before 34 people were shot dead.

Scott was being questioned by evidence leaders about the strategies police used during the strike-related unrest.

On Wednesday, senior evidence leader Geoff Budlender, SC, raised "serious concerns" about the evidence provided by police to the commission.

He said police representatives had been informed about these concerns.

Ishmael Semenya, SC, for the police, indicated that the evidence leaders' concerns would be addressed in writing.

The commission, chaired by retired judge Ian Farlam and sitting in Centurion, is investigating the deaths of 44 people during the unrest.

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