Marikana report says how cops must improve

2015-06-25 19:53
(Leon Sadiki, City Press)

(Leon Sadiki, City Press) (Leon Sadiki/City Press)

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma listed several recommendations on how public order policing can be improved at the release of the report on the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the Marikana tragedy on Thursday evening.

Several steps should be taken to step up police work in situations such as those that occurred during the strike on the platinum belt in Rustenburg in the North West in August 2012, which left at least 44 people dead, Zuma read from the report. Thirty-four of those were shot dead by the police in one day.

Zuma said the report by retired judge Ian Farlam recommended that the public order policing unit be advised by local and international experts who have experience in dealing with crowds armed with sharp weapons and firearms.

"This panel should among others revise and amend all prescripts relevant to public order policing, investigate the world's best practices and measures available for use - without resorting to the use of weapons capable of automatic fire where public order policing are inadequate."

In public order police situations, the operational decisions should be made by an officer in overall comment with reasonable training in public order policing.

All radio communications should be recorded and the recordings should be preserved, the commission recommended.

Other recommendations include:

- The SA Police Service should also review the adequacy of the training of members who use specialised equipment such as water cannons.

- Police helicopters should be equipped with video cameras.

- All police officers should be trained in basic first aid.

- All of these recommendations should be treated as a "matter of priority".

- Specialist firearm officers should receive additional training in the basic first aid skill needed to deal with gunshot wounds.

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