Farlam inquiry to visit Lonmin shaft

2013-03-20 08:01

Rustenberg - The Farlam Commission of Inquiry is expected to hold an in loco inspection at the K3 shaft at Lonmin Platinum's mine in Marikana on Wednesday.

The inspection would be held where North West deputy police commissioner General William Mpembe addressed the striking miners on 13 August and where two police officers and three miners sustained fatal injuries.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega, who testified on Tuesday, would not be able to continue giving evidence on Wednesday as she had to be in Parliament, the commission heard.

The commission's chairperson, retired judge Ian Farlam, decided that her cross-examination would resume on Monday.

Role played by the police

Phiyega gave evidence for the first time on Thursday about the role played by the police in the events leading up to and on 16 August.

On that day, 34 striking mineworkers were shot dead and 78 were wounded when the police opened fire on them.

Ten people, including two police officers and two security guards, were killed near the mine in the preceding week.

Phiyega has yet to touch on the question of who instructed the police to use live ammunition

On Tuesday, she stuck to her stance from 17 August , that police acted in self-defence when they shot dead 34 striking mineworkers.

Cross-examining her in Rustenburg, evidence leader Mbuyiseli Madlanga read a statement into the record by police officer Hendrich Wouter Myburgh about the shooting.

Myburgh said he heard a gunshot on the day and when he turned around he saw a constable put back his firearm and say "they deserved to die".

The commission heard that the constable could not be identified or named.

  • Rudie - 2013-03-20 08:55

    This "story" is getting old and will never be put to rest .lets turn the "story" around say 34 police men/women got killed by striking miners would that have been "closed case" by now? Just thinking.

  • mica.gogome - 2013-03-20 09:18

    Whatever the case may be,but the police acted on self defence against unlawful attack.And the attack was in progress.

  • Ntombizodwa Letty - 2013-03-20 10:34

    Thats true mica.gogome nothing is going to change this & JZ just wasting our money with his farlam commision. They informed him in his trip to Zim, bcos he know the situation he didnt want to meet with these stupid miners 4his life sake again, n now they put a blame to police no no no guyz pls. The farlam commision need more more billions now to continue with this, gov wl put it soon wait n c. This is getting worse now n ppl also getting tired waiting, families need money for these man. To my suprise they dont mentioned these security n police that were also killed. Now North West mine they are sitting underground for boring demand again, no action is taken by the government n unions next week police wl b in u wil c then wait again.

  • Shaun Rowan - 2013-03-20 10:57


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