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Marikana: 8 second burst of gunfire

2012-11-09 17:00

Rustenburg - The fatal shooting of striking mineworkers at Marikana started with an eight second burst of gunfire, the Farlam Commission heard in Rustenburg on Friday.

"The shooting was called off by members of the [police’s] TRT [tactical response team], who could see the shooting was no longer necessary," said Lieutenant Colonel Duncan Scott.

He used video footage captured by various news crews to support his narration.

Thirty-four striking mineworkers were killed and 78 wounded when police fired while trying to disperse a group encamped on a hill near Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana on 16 August.

"When they were attacked by the armed protesters, police officers started retreating while firing towards the ground to ward off the attackers," said Scott.

The videos showed attacking strikers dropping to the ground when they were hit by bullets. After an initial, eight second volley of shots, police began to shout "ceasefire, ceasefire".

Some raised clenched fists.

Earlier, Scott told the commission that strikers tried to breach the police line three times.

Police rolled out barbed wire to protect their support staff and the media.

On the video, a man in a group of mineworkers approaching the police line is shown firing at police with a handgun.

Scott told the commission two pistols were later recovered from the protesters.

One of them had been linked to a policeman who was robbed and hacked to death on 13 August.

Scott said that after the shooting, the mineworkers retreated and camped behind two nearby hills where they started fires.

He said police tactical teams, including the national intervention unit, swept the hills in pursuit.

A woman in the public gallery broke down wailing as Scott presented his evidence while the video was being shown.

Commission chairman, retired judge Ian Farlam, adjourned the hearing.

Comments
  • derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-11-09 17:17

    Trying very hard to cover up a massacre, they should all be in prison, including those who gave the orders.

      Jason - 2012-11-09 17:21

      No Massacre Derrick! ahh nevermind not worth getting into.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-11-09 17:44

      And still the 'trendy lefties' overlook the original butchering of security staff, which was barbaric by any standard ......

      jack.blacking.56 - 2012-11-09 17:50

      Eish...8 secooonds!!

      ronald.stilianou - 2012-11-09 17:57

      Derik, you are a chomp!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-11-09 18:06

      Derek. Sensible action cause sensible reaction. If not, it cause chaos. That was what happened and will also be the outcome.......... millions later.

      TSR01 - 2012-11-09 19:00

      "On the video, a man in a group of mineworkers approaching the police line is shown firing at police with a handgun. Scott told the commission two pistols were later recovered from the protesters. One of them had been linked to a policeman who was robbed and hacked to death on 13 August." - From the article So, the "innocent" striking miners HACKED TO DEATH A POLICE OFFICER. Well they don't sound so innocent anymore, now do they?!?!

  • ontlhabanetsesteve.baepile - 2012-11-09 17:54

    The mutiman must also give evidence.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-11-09 18:01

      LOL! Saying the rabbit was an inbreed?

  • simon.selahla - 2012-11-09 18:04

    Lieutenant Colonel Duncan Scott's testimony is Exactly what we saw on TV.The miners denied that they used muti before attacking the police, yesterday we saw video footages on TV as their sangoma sprinkle them with muti, they think that their lies will prevail them at the commission.

      imran.phiri.9 - 2012-11-10 07:20

      What do we expect when we point a gun at police?

  • percival.mcshandu - 2012-11-09 18:06

    Why is all this happening? if the mine workers want a salary increase why are they not given that increase? is firearm response really the way to stop the mine workers from protesting for this increase? How much are they paid currently and how much increase do they want? (Somebody with insight can u please reply)

      TSR01 - 2012-11-09 19:03

      Ask the mine workers why they shot at police with a handgun (long after already having hacked to death a police officer): "On the video, a man in a group of mineworkers approaching the police line is shown firing at police with a handgun. Scott told the commission two pistols were later recovered from the protesters." - from the article You call them innocent, but you are COMPLETELY IGNORANT!! Read the article properly or don't comment half-assedly.

      percival.mcshandu - 2012-11-09 19:32

      Bloodbane u really have insight to this story and your justification sounds fair, taking such fact to account makes the armed response justifiable... Thank you for the enlightenment.. As for u TSR01 you sound completely ignorant and not well vested with information and reading skills, My comment sought only answers to the questions I raised I never justified any side in this matter, what u did instead u read the article and concluded that it was the miners that hacked a police officer to death, hence it could have been a robbery as it usually happen it this society we live in and those that brutally killed the officer might have sold the gun to the miners (now u just making allegations that are unfounded) Dont reply with excitement because u might offend some people.. In this regard I also believe the mine workers were totally wrong and they should not have provoked the police force... But we must find ways to minimize the loss of peoples lives due to unreasonable protests

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-11-09 18:11

    How many years will this inquiry go on for? I just wish it would come to a end. there will always be two side's to a story. Me, myself and I will stand by the SAPS on this one..BTW,,,,what have you been smoking Derek??

      derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-11-09 18:35

      The two sides to every story are right wrong Jason, can't you see what's wrong with killing people, or maybe a puff or two will held expand your narrow mind?

      TSR01 - 2012-11-09 19:05

      derek.bredenkamp.3, then maybe you should smoke LESS to help expand your own narrow eyesight: From this article: "On the video, a man in a group of mineworkers approaching the police line is shown firing at police with a handgun. Scott told the commission two pistols were later recovered from the protesters." The miners hacked to a death a police officer long before the "incident", and then SHOT AT POLICE WITH A HANDGUN which thereafter triggered the last resort defense by police to protect themselves from being picked off by the ARMED mineworkers. You say killing is wrong? TELL THE MINE WORKERS THAT!!!

      silvia.vaneck2 - 2012-11-09 19:22

      Oh ignore Derek. He doesn't understand the logic behind "if you look for the war, don't complain of the wounds". Derek, Had the miners not shot and mutilated people in the first instance, they would not have been shot at and killed in the second instance. It is really not rocket science!!

  • mishack.khan - 2012-11-09 18:37

    our government is to blame for these killings as they fail their responsibilities.

      percival.mcshandu - 2012-11-09 19:42

      Mishack Our government has nothing to do with these killings and the government has urged the mine workers to stop these protests... No again I stand by our government by saying they are not to blame... or maybe u can highlight those responsibilities that are being neglected by out government?

  • mishack.khan - 2012-11-09 18:48

    we are stil under oppression under the so called democracy.twisting the evidence by police shows axactly that they are above the law.when the wheel turns they cry

      TSR01 - 2012-11-09 19:07

      mishack.khan, the video is on YouTube and News24. Go watch it. Watch the mine worker who SHOOTS AT POLICE ON VIDEO WITH A HAND GUN (likely stolen from the police officer who was hacked to death in the days prior to this incident). According to this article: "On the video, a man in a group of mineworkers approaching the police line is shown firing at police with a handgun. Scott told the commission two pistols were later recovered from the protesters. One of them had been linked to a policeman who was robbed and hacked to death on 13 August." So what is Democracy when you have rioting, rampaging, armed mine workers demanding almost 3 times their salary, who then proceed to intimidate, assault, and murder people? Who is above the law now? Your precious little mine workers? GET OVER YOURSELF!!!

      ontlhabanetsesteve.baepile - 2012-11-09 20:29

      According to you democracy means death of the police.

  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-11-09 19:04

    Why only 8 seconds ??? What a mistake !!! Next time do it properly and use machine guns or take more ammunition.

  • Riaan Venter - 2012-11-09 20:19

    What was the Police suppose to do stand still and be killed or defend themselves the police did'nt shoot first in future send the army they have more firing power

  • Suzanne Viljoen - 2012-11-09 20:20

    I AM VERY SORRY that people had to die! PLEASE REMEMBER in any situation there are 3 sides of a story. THE MINERS side, THE POLICES side and the TRUTH. STOP Judging and blaming.

  • hdejager3 - 2012-11-09 20:48

    @Jason i agree with u .............................!!!!!

  • Godfrey Manyika - 2012-11-10 07:27

    It's painful @ the end justiCe had to be done so that noone will be above the law!!

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