Evidence Marikana miners 'run over'

2012-11-15 16:26

Rustenburg - Evidence would be presented to indicate that some striking miners were run over by police vehicles at Marikana on 16 August, the Farlam Commission heard on Thursday.

Dali Mpofu, representing those injured and arrested, said there was information to this effect.

"There will be some allegations and evidence that some people were run over by Nyalas," he said.

Nyalas are police armoured vehicles.

The commission is holding public hearings in Rustenburg as part of its investigation into the killing of 34 miners on 16 August.

They were shot dead when police tried to disperse striking workers near the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, North West.

Some of them were found dead at Wonderkop, a hilltop near the mine where strikers used to gather before the shooting.

Mpofu on Thursday was cross-examining Warrant Officer Patric Thamae, who processed the crime scene where 16 protesters were killed at Wonderkop.

Thamae replied: "I have never observed tracks of Nyalas going on the side of (the crime scene where) the bodies (were)."

Mpofu also asked him about the instructions police received.

Thamae said police were told the striking workers would gather on the hilltop, surrender their weapons and disperse peacefully.

The police would then process the weapons.


Mpofu asked: "The briefing you no stage was this changed to the possibility of something else happening?"

"No," Thamae said.

The commission viewed video footage of the scene.

The first video opened with patches of blood on the grass and shoes lying abandoned.

Blood-soaked bodies were scattered in some places and in one place there were several corpses close together.

Some of the images were very graphic.

On top of one of the bodies was a stick, the only weapon visible other than a pile of pangas and rods gathered by police before filming.

There was a branch of large thorns caught in the clothing of one of the dead protesters.

Towards the end of the footage, filmed about two hours after the shooting, paramedics can be seen attending to the wounded.

Some of the wounded were moving while others were lying still.

Another video, filmed later that night, showed how the location of cartridge cases was marked by police with coloured cones and numbered labels.

The hearing continues.

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-11-15 16:30

    Those things aren't that hard to dodge...surely?

      kim.buren - 2012-11-15 16:40

      I think evidence is being made up. Do they not know about contempt of court?

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-11-15 16:47

      peterpeter.pumkineater.5 - 2012-11-15 16:53

      All of a sudden, I got an urge to go home and play Carmageddon

  • typersa.baddy - 2012-11-15 16:37

    This is bs man!! You guys were looking for a war and you got one. You lost, now deal with it. Don't go running for help!!! You said you are willing to die on that koppie, and so you did!!

  • altusvanzyl - 2012-11-15 16:41

    Well they wanted it.....

  • smalefane - 2012-11-15 16:47

    I think the terms of reference for this commission should be revisited. It has now become one sided and the police are at the receiving end of it. We cannot condone the brutal killing of the miners. However, we should also not paint them as saints and the police as monsters. If you'd ask me, I would say the police are on trial here.

      derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-11-15 16:59

      smalefane, if you murder people, what do you expect? It's called justice and we are waiting for it to be served on the police.

      smalefane - 2012-11-15 17:08

      derek, this is a commission of inquiry Not a court of law. We should not confuse the two. No one is on trial here.

  • derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-11-15 16:48

    And the blind will still insist that the police we're just defending themselves.

      godfried.kruger.9 - 2012-11-15 19:33

      The police testimonies are so inconsistent. Where there is smoke there is fire!

  • Khumbulani Ngema - 2012-11-15 16:54

    When are they showing the hearing the footage where police officers and security guards were slaughtered or will that enquiry be held after this one?

  • michael.bushes.9 - 2012-11-15 17:01

    Its the strikers fault Had they not shot the cops, then the cops would not have reacted the way they did. Everything in life has a process, and it all starts with who you vote for. The strikers dont have my sympathy.

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-11-15 17:10

    If we keep on avoiding the elephant on the table, it means that it will stay there. This is what is happening currently in our country with this lawless protests happening. This behaviour should be dealt with severly but instead we offer the offenders freedom to destroy be it property or human life. If there was no processes that could be followed to raise your grievances that would have been understandable but in this democracy those avenues are there!

  • warren.rodel - 2012-11-15 17:12

    And who runs the Police? yes the government, and who runs the government? Yes the ANC! Its the ANC's fault!

  • weavenlinks - 2012-11-15 17:13

    mpofu is trying by all means to disgruntle Cyril

  • jacobus.vandergrond - 2012-11-15 17:32

    And meanwhile in the cpt there were 2 murders and in kzn there were 5 fatal road accidents, why don't they blame the saps that were at marikana also for that,or just blame all the robberies that were happening in rustenburg on the saps. The miners laywers saw they are going to loose because saps did everything by the book and now they make allegations.but nothing is said about the injured saps and killed saps members.the miners started the war but have lost the battle so just deal with it they wanted to go head to head with saps and they lost

  • Joe Thembinkosi Khosa - 2012-11-15 17:36

    The miners asked for this.......

  • liezl.haramis.7 - 2012-11-15 17:57

    If they didnt start this waste of time and money so called commission, the situation in the WC wouldnt have gotten out of hand as well. Police did their job and are now portrayed and treated as criminals. Our banana republic...eish, we demand...

  • mzuvumile.g.mnqanqeni - 2012-11-15 18:18

    What went wrong to our beloved country ,things are happening lieve lot to be desired. The underlying cause of the problems is greedy and corruption driven by capitalism.

  • christopher.collings.9 - 2012-11-15 18:30

    why waste bullets on these dogs? Good job SAPS!

  • braamc - 2012-11-15 18:34

    Such a caring ANC government.

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