Police mum on Marikana 'fall guy'

2014-03-26 10:18
Police at the Marikana shooting in 2012. (Picture: AFP)

Police at the Marikana shooting in 2012. (Picture: AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Police have declined to comment on testimony at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry that a police air wing commander was asked to take the blame for the deaths of 34 people in the 2012 Marikana shooting.

"We are not commenting on that," said Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale on Wednesday.

"Everything to do with Marikana is being dealt with by the commission."

On Tuesday, Lieutenant Colonel Salmon Vermaak testified that police had asked him to take the blame for the 16 August 2012 police shooting which claimed the lives of 34 people, almost all of them miners, at Lonmin's platinum mining operations at Marikana near Rustenburg in North West.

At least 78 miners were also wounded.

In the preceding week, 10 people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed in the strike-related violence.

"In a consultation with the police legal team, it was mentioned to me that I am going to carry the responsibility for the people that were killed at koppie three [hill three]," Vermaak told the inquiry.

He said he made it clear to the legal team, national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega, and North West police commissioner Zukiswa Mbombo that he would stick only to the facts.

Vermaak said he kept "clear records" of the strategy by the SA Police Service to place the blame on him.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    police  |  riah phiyega  |  mining unrest  |  marikana inquiry

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

UK expert: Boks ‘have KO game’
Ireland hold on to down Italy
As it happened: Ireland 16-9 Italy
All Blacks sympathise with England
Traffic Alerts

Spontaneity is the order of the day. Let go and have some fun. Try not to set too many set plans and expectations and enjoy the...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.