Striking Marikana miner attacked cop, inquiry hears

2014-05-20 15:35
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Pretoria - A striker in Marikana attacked a police officer with a spear during a violent strike, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry heard in Pretoria on Tuesday.

The police officer fired shots at the striker who was about 1.5m from him, Lieutenant Colonel Stephen James McIntosh said.

McIntosh said he did CPR on the striker and noticed he had straps with bags on him.

Members of the tactical response team told McIntosh "the bags had muthi".

He said Mgcineni "Mambush" Noki had threatened to burn the police Nyalas and kill police.

"The police were dealing with an armed mob who didn't want to surrender weapons."

McIntosh said the strikers were aggressive.

Heidi Barnes, for the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, disputed McIntosh's evidence that a striker had threatened him, because he didn't mention it in his statement made on 19 August 2012.

"The threats were made, the fact that they were not recorded doesn't mean it did not happen," McIntosh said.

Threats were made on 16 and 16 August 2012.

The threats were mentioned in McIntosh's supplementary statement.

McIntosh was a hostage negotiator in Marikana, near Rustenburg in North West, when the miners were on strike in August 2012.

The commission is probing the deaths of 44 people during the violent strike. Thirty-four people, mostly striking mineworkers, were killed on 19 August 2012, when police fired on them while allegedly trying to disarm and disperse them.

Ten people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed during the preceding week.

Noki was described as "the man in the green blanket" in a series of articles by a reporter from The Star.

Noki was among those killed on 16 August.

- SAPA
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