Cops tortured witnesses - Mpofu

2012-10-31 10:56

Rustenburg - Six people arrested in connection with murders around Marikana claim to have been tortured, the Farlam commission heard on Wednesday.

"What is sad is since last night I've been listening to the most gory details of their assault and torture," their lawyer Dali Mpofu SC told the commission, sitting in Rustenburg.

"One person [said] he was beaten up until he soiled himself. Another lost the hearing in his right ear, and another had visible scarring."

Mpofu is representing the mineworkers who were wounded and arrested when police opened fire on a group of strikers, killing 34 of them, in Marikana on August 16.

Four of the six were arrested last Tuesday while on their way back from the commission. It was claimed the arrests were an intimidation tactic.

Police lawyer takes issue with Mpofu

The commission's chairperson, retired judge Ian Farlam, said the allegation had been taken seriously and, if true, could affect the SA Police Service's (SAPS) case. However, it was for the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) to probe.

Mpofu said it had been taken to the IPID.

Ishmael Semenya SC, for the police, said it was unfortunate that Mpofu had raised the matter at the commission, before speaking to him and his legal team.

"The allegations are very serious... and they are just thrown like that."

Semenya said the SAPS should have been warned about the allegation so it could investigate and present counter evidence.

On Wednesday, the commission was to continue hearing the evidence-in-chief of crime scene expert Captain Apollo Mohlaki.

He processed the scene on a small hill where 13 people were killed. However, proceedings at the Rustenburg Civic Centre were delayed because of a power failure.

  • werner.dippenaar.77 - 2012-10-31 11:03

    But the comrades also, BRUTALLY murdered police officers.

      john.fourie.18 - 2012-10-31 12:14

      And therefore, the members of the SAPD are totally within their rights to assault a man to such an extent that he lost his hearing, right?

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-31 13:32

      Assuming, of course, John that he had it in the first place.

  • brendon.nel.7 - 2012-10-31 11:08


  • grant.montgomery.5074 - 2012-10-31 11:12

    Mmmm doubt if the allegations are true.

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-10-31 11:12

    liar liar pants on fire

  • Kalari - 2012-10-31 11:26

    Strange that we hear nothing of the suffering of the families of those that were killed and burned by these poor victimised peaceful savages. Mpofu just seek centre stage on what he thinks will boost his career. Go Police

      paul.eccles1 - 2012-10-31 19:29

      We've heard plenty about the cops that were killed

  • Andrea - 2012-10-31 11:28

    Don't like it much when it comes back around, do you now?

  • lulama - 2012-10-31 11:33

    Mpofu should stick to bedding Winnie...he is just trying to make a name for himself.

  • Ze Don - 2012-10-31 11:34

    I know the food that prisoners get isn't good but to call it torture is a bit extreme!

      lungelo.yili - 2012-10-31 15:11

      dont care much for this story, but i can tell you SAPS use violence to get confessions. especially in the township. i've seen it happen first-hand

  • bongani.skhosana.773 - 2012-10-31 11:39

    Police beating suspects happed every day

  • makavelithedonkilluminati.shakur - 2012-10-31 11:45

    Anything is possible when it comes to cops,sometimes cops can be ruthless killers and assault innocent people for nothing.Those fools tend to abuse power sometimes. Those who are responsible for killing the miners should be locked away period. I mean its cool for them to kill an innocent citizen but they hate it when we kill the cops.We are all human and equal in the eyes of the Lord.

      joseph.gwabeni - 2012-11-05 15:10

      I support your statement.

  • badd.azz.5 - 2012-10-31 12:48

    You will reap what you sow. A lot of commentators here forget that the hate you spew, the lack of compassion for other human beings, where you denegrate them to "savages" will one day come back and haunt you. People wonder what drives people in a country to kill one another overnight like in Rwanda, to invade white owned farms in Zimbabwe, to sing "Shoot the boer". So carry on on the path of your destruction, for you or your children will reap the rewards of your actions

  • marius.vanwyk.5621 - 2012-10-31 13:26

    Amazingly everytime you hear someone was arrested. Their legal team claims torture. BUT YOU NEVER hear of any arrest or conviction against the police.

      lungelo.yili - 2012-10-31 15:12

      because its pointless

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-10-31 15:37

    What is he trying to say (SC), is he saying it was for the 1st time that heard this allegations? what a lie this thing came out the day those that were arrested were taken to court they did say they were totured and no one followed up on this matter

  • paul.eccles1 - 2012-10-31 19:19

    They're visibly scarred on their faces

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