Brits shoot-out: Marikana cops were there

2014-01-19 06:00

A few of the policemen who shot and killed striking mine workers at Marikana were part of the core team deployed to Mothutlung in North West, where three people died, allegedly at the hands of the ­police this week.

Seconds after members of the public order policing unit allegedly opened fire on the protesters with semiautomatic guns, two people were dead.

A third man died the next day.

City Press has learnt that residents have reported one officer?– who is well known in Mothutlung as one of “the Marikana policemen” – to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid).

Residents claim that the officer, whose name is known to City Press, shot and killed a 62-year-old freelance photographer “in cold blood”.

“He only had a camera,” said community activist Solly Setlale.

“There was no stone in his hand. The only threat he posed was that his camera was recording evidence of what the police were doing.”

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