Top cops clash over Marikana facts

2014-01-31 13:04
(Picture: AP)

(Picture: AP)

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

kalahari.com

Pretoria - North West police Air Wing Commander Salmon Vermaak "did not say the truth" when he previously testified at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, North West police commissioner Zukiswa Mbombo said on Friday.

Evidence leaders head Advocate Geoff Budlender, questioned Mbombo at the public hearings in Pretoria regarding clashes between police officers and protesting Lonmin mineworkers on 13 August 2012. Five people, including two police officers, were killed on the day.

"We know that Lieutenant Colonel Vermaak said in his affidavit that certain members of the police threatened to kill [North West deputy police commissioner Lieutenant General William] Mpembe. He [Vermaak] says he immediately phoned you and informed you," Budlender said.

"Your evidence in chief wasn't very clear to me. Are you saying that that's a lie or you simply don't recall?" chairperson of the commission, retired Judge Ian Farlam, intervened, requesting Budlender to tone down his question.

"You don't have to say it's a lie, it could be an untruth. It could be an incorrect statement innocently made. I don't think the witness [Mbombo] intends to say if she disagrees with what Vermaak says then he is lying," said Farlam.

He asked Mbombo to explain her position.

"I do not dispute that he [Vermaak] phoned me but I don't agree with the statements in his statement. He is not telling the truth because that is not what he said to me.

"He never mentioned that [threat on Mpembe's life] to me," said Mbombo.

Budlender asked Mbombo if she thought Vermaak was lying to the commission under oath.

"He knows what the truth is. According to me, the truth is not what he said.

"What Vermaak spoke to me about is not what he is talking about in his statement," said Mbombo.

She said Vermaak informed her, during the 13 August  2012 phone discussion, that he was removing Mpembe from the volatile scene because he [Mpembe] was in a state that could cause danger at that area.

Alleged threats against cop

Mbombo said she later heard the allegations of the plot to attack Mpembe from other police officers. She said she also doubted the reality of the alleged threats against Mpembe.

"I have doubts because he did not tell me about the threat. Anything that was not mentioned to me would make me doubtful," she said.

Budlender asked Mbombo to explain whether Mpembe reported the same threats to her.

"He did not tell me, I am the one who asked him. I asked him after I heard it being mentioned at night. I heard it from police officers, they were not necessarily reporting about it," responded Mbombo.

"They were also saying they had heard it from Vermaak."

Mpembe has previously testified at the inquiry that he was told by Vermaak that there was a threat on his life and he "had to get into a Nyala as quickly as possible".

The three-member commission, led by Farlam, is probing the deaths of 44 people during the wage-related protests in Marikana.

On 16 August 2012, 34 people, mostly striking miners, were shot dead and 78 people were wounded when the police fired on a group gathered at a hill near the mine. They were trying to disperse and disarm them.

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

- SAPA
Read more on:    lonmin  |  police  |  ian farlam  |  marikana inquiry
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

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
8 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Movies
Traffic & Train Alerts
Traffic
Goodwood 09:44 AM
Road name: N7 Vanguard Drive Southbound

DELAYS approaching Voortrekker Road

Big Bay 09:31 AM
Road name: Otto Du Plessis Drive

ROADWORKS - off-peak stop / go controls between Big Bay and Melkbosstrand

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Designer

Diep River
Match Two Placements

Receptionist / Administrator

Cape Town Northern Suburbs
Star Personnel
R7 500 - R8 200 Per Month

Legal Librarian

Cape Winelands
Hi-Tech Recruitment (JHB)
R340 000 - R300 000 Per Month

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Deal of the Week!

Get bestselling John Green novels now just R99 each! Hurry and get yours while stocks last. Shop here.

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is the end of the month and there may be a strong focus on organising finances. You may have found a need to reconstruct or...read more

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

Hello 

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.

Settings

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.