Marikana footage: Families get counselling

2012-10-23 16:10

Rustenburg - The family members of Lonmin platinum mineworkers shot dead in August were moved to a private room at the Rustenburg Civic Centre on Tuesday afternoon to view the video footage of the event.

Counselling services would be available to them in the room, said retired judge Ian Farlam, who is chairing a three-member commission of inquiry into the shooting.

On Tuesday morning when video footage of the shooting was shown to the Farlam commission, proceedings came to a halt when numerous women began wailing, and some fell to the floor.

They had to be treated by emergency services workers.

The footage, from various news cameras, showed the protesting miners waving weapons and the shooting itself.

After a break, footage was shown of the North West police commissioner, Zukiswa Mbombo, addressing journalists before the shooting.

In the video, Mbombo told reporters: "I do not want to explain to you what we will do if they [protesters] won’t move [from the hill], but today we are ending this matter."

People in the public gallery were cautioned by the evidence leading team that the footage may upset sensitive viewers, as had happened earlier.

The video footage was supplied to the commission by broadcasters including eNews, the SABC, BBC and Al Jazeera.

National police commissioner General Riah Phiyega was in the public gallery, following the proceedings.

Police officers opened fire while trying to disperse a group encamped on a hill in Nkaneng, killing 34 mineworkers and wounding 78 on 16 August.

The workers had been carrying knobkerries, pangas, sticks and sharpened iron rods.

Workers at the mine went on strike on 10 August, demanding a monthly salary of R12 500. Within four days, 10 people had been killed, among them two policemen and two security guards.

  • george.pistorius - 2012-10-23 16:19

    Shame see the worry in my eyes... They asked for it!!!

      scouter.fourone - 2012-10-23 17:02

      It is so easy to stir up discontent within the mind of the insecure. Revolutions throughout history have depended on it. Mostly, those stirring up the mind of the simple are the 'nouveau riche' intent on protecting their newly earned wealth and power ....

  • simon.mwando - 2012-10-23 16:27

    Did anyone counsel them when they prepared lunch for their husbands in order to attack police and guards 2days before the shooting? You must counsel police and guards families also.

  • jocelia.petrick - 2012-10-23 16:57

    I think it would be fair for government to provide counselling to all the families of farmers and innocent while people who are brutally murdered by their people.

  • Sechaba30 - 2012-10-23 17:03

    Julius Malema 4 -0 ANC or Ramaphosa

  • richard.bosmano - 2012-10-23 17:22

    Cry me a river

  • lucky.lehlaka - 2012-10-23 17:32


  • eugene.muller.7 - 2012-10-23 17:41

    Counseling is good. It must be a great shock. Please may the families of the 5000+ farmers that got killed also receive counseling. They way they are killed is just as brutal or in some cases worse.

      p.borchard - 2012-10-24 13:37

      Did the government cart the families of those farmers to the court cases that followed (if it ever got that far)?

  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2012-10-23 17:43

    Blame it on the sangoma and white rabbit!

  • eugene.muller.7 - 2012-10-23 17:44

    Counseling is good. It must be a great shock. Please may the families of the 5000+ farmers that got killed also receive counseling. They way they are killed is just as brutal or in some cases worse.

      amelia.basson - 2012-10-23 17:52


  • TawwaTienie - 2012-10-23 20:47

    Send the counselling bills to anc and malema. What about all other family members that were killed on farms and the rest of the country. If these 34 were not on strike and if the strikers did not chopped and burn the 10 people, there were no shooting. Blame anc and malema that asked these people to strike. What about the family of the 10? Or do they care only about certain people?

  • Bafana Joseph - 2012-10-23 20:56

    leave deceased family alone you shoulnt taken them to see footage

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