Marikana top cop’s ‘evidence is a fabrication’

2014-01-21 17:29

The police’s Brigadier Adrian Calitz should be charged with the murder of the miners who were shot and killed at the first scene of the August 16 2012 Marikana shooting, Advocate Dali Mpofu has told the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.

“You gave the instruction that the protesters should be shot. (Lieutenant Colonel Solomon) Vermaak’s statement said that you gave an instruction for the police to ‘defend’ themselves. But it seemed like the officers did not hear you, so Vermaak repeated the instruction. The next thing there were bodies on the ground. Did you not give the instruction for the police to shoot?” Mpofu asked.

Mpofu continued his cross-examination of Calitz, asking what he meant when he said: “Engage, engage, engage”.

Calitz responded: “Engage doesn’t mean ‘shoot to kill’. After the word, ‘engage’ is used, it will be followed by instructions on how to engage. The commanders would have given the instructions to their teams. The instruction was to disperse and block.”

But Mpofu said: “Your evidence is a fabrication and should not be believed.

“You are evading the proper definition of what the word ‘engage’ means. If the instruction was given, it would be incompatible with self-defence. This would mean it was premeditated murder,” Mpofu said.

He argued that Calitz had coached police officers to stick to the story that they had acted in self-defence at the commission.

Calitz denied this.

“If the meeting was about coaching, then I would have asked them to come speak to me before they spoke to Ipid or anyone else. We had nothing to hide,” he said.

The commission’s hearings resume on Thursday.

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