Senior cop had a hand in Marikana murders: Testimony

By Drum Digital
07 May 2013

Miners arrested and injured at Marikana will argue that the police's tactical operations team head had a hand in the killing of their colleagues, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry heard on Tuesday.

Dali Mpofu, for the arrested and injured miners, was cross-examining police tactical operations team head Maj-General Charl Annandale.

"One of the things we'll argue is that you, Annandale, played a significant role in the events that led to the Marikana massacre," he said.

Police shot dead 34 striking miners while trying to disperse a group gathered on a hill near Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana on August 16. The previous week, 10 people had died, two of them policemen and two of them security guards.

The commission, chaired by retired Judge Ian Farlam, is investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths.

-by Sapa

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