'Marikana victims may not have been hiding'

2012-11-05 12:00

Rustenburg - The positions of most of the bodies on the koppie near Lonmin's Marikana mine did not necessarily indicate they were hiding before being shot, the Farlam commission heard on Monday.

Dali Mpofu, lawyer for the injured and arrested protesters, asked crime scene expert Captain Apollo Mohlaki whether the positions of the bodies, found between large rocks and in bushy areas, were consistent with the idea that they were hiding when they were shot.

Mohlaki, who worked on the second crime scene at the koppie where more than 10 bodies were found, disagreed.

Mpofu asked him whether he would agree that nine of the bodies each had a single gunshot wound.

Mohlaki said: "Not at all, I never counted them."

Mpofu said one body, that of Thobile Mpumza, was the exception. He had 12 wounds. Mohlaki said he could not be certain as some may have been exit wounds.

At this point a woman, apparently a member of one of the deceased workers' families, began wailing in distress. The inquiry briefly adjourned.

Inquiry chairperson Ian Farlam said it was believed the woman was upset because she had seen photographs of the bodies on the laptop screen of the person seated in front of her.

Farlam appealed to those in the stands, who were in possession of such images, to be sensitive to the fact that these would be distressing to those who had lost family members in the August shooting.

Thirty-four miners were killed and 78 wounded when police opened fire on them near Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana, North West, on August 16.

The judicial commission, chaired by retired judge Farlam, was holding its inquiry into the shooting.

  • bosveld.reaper - 2012-11-05 12:08

    What the ......Uhm in the video it clearly showed a mob attacking the police. You can even see shots being fired prior to the groups demise. The video quality was excellent. And we had a choice between 4 videos....

      andynct - 2012-11-05 12:59

      This is a different area of the koppie where there where no TV camera's. Only eye witnesses and forensic evidence.

      Billy - 2012-11-05 13:04

      andy, so there were 2 shootings that day?

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-11-05 13:39

      True. The liberal humanists are blind to the truth, as usual!

      andynct - 2012-11-05 15:00

      @ Billy That is the allegation yes, that there were two areas where shooting happened. See:

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-11-05 12:16

    This is a joke and should never have made it to court! It is a waste of time and money.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-05 15:22

      Nevermind that the wailing widows insist on being there and then delay the whole process by crying each time something offends them. I am offended by the cost of this enquiry.

  • Billy - 2012-11-05 12:21

    what are you going on about?

  • bongani.spalla - 2012-11-05 12:53

    thsi Marikana story is so sad.the Saps have to take the blame of this mess.

  • paul.c.wadsworth - 2012-11-05 12:56

    The Expert doesn't know if they were entry or exit wounds, EXPERT???

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-11-05 13:06

      @paul. A "crime scene expert" only investigates the "scene" and does not perform the autopsy.

  • marius.vanwyk.5621 - 2012-11-05 12:57

    The ones who didn’t get shot were sitting on the "koppie" I saw people storming the police on the video. I still don’t understand why the Commission??????

  • piet.boerie - 2012-11-05 13:01

    And you said it would never happen in the New South Africa. Well the massacre did happen and why are you not standing outside parliment in a rage? The enemy is hard to identify because you cannot see the white skin. You see the real enemy is the voters who give the government the mandate and arrogance of never losing power. So you my friend with your continued vote might as well have pulled the trigger with not Uncle Cyril.

  • collet.letsoalo - 2012-11-05 13:12

    On that day a lesson was taught, but do people ever learn?

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