No tampering at Marikana scene - Chabane

2012-09-07 18:29

Cape town - Cabinet has been assured that everything possible was done to secure the site of the Marikana tragedy, Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane said on Friday.

This was when the Independent Police Investigating Directorate (IPID) took over the scene where 34 striking miners were killed on 16 August, he told a post-Cabinet media briefing.

Chabane was responding to a question on whether the scene had been compromised, a possibility raised by opposition parties at a committee briefing earlier this week.

"On the Marikana tragedy, it was not on the agenda, but because of current affairs... a report was presented... they [Cabinet] think the structures that have been set up are sufficient and there's no need for Cabinet to deal with that issue now."

He re-iterated that the judicial commission of inquiry set up by the president was still busy with the matter.

"The sanitisation of the scene itself was not part of discussions [at Cabinet]. We were assured at the beginning of the process, when the matter was handed over to the IPID, that everything necessary had been done to secure the site and the relevant forensic tasks that had to be performed were performed."

Chabane said Cabinet had no reason not to trust the authorities in this regard, but added that if there were any gaps the commission would be looking into that.

Asked for his opinion earlier this week, independent forensic scientist David Klatzow could not give Sapa an answer on whether the scene was compromised or not, but said there were some gaps in the way the aftermath of the shooting had been dealt with.

"What should have happened is that the police should have had someone there who was outside the police force, while they were checking whether [the evidence] was mishandled or not."

Klatzow agreed that the commission of inquiry probing the matter should look at this aspect as well.

"Fingers will be pointed and they [the SAPS] needed at the beginning to have an insurance policy against that finger-pointing."

  • ramabulana - 2012-09-07 18:41

    How does he know

      tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-08 08:52

      my point exactly

      john.barbarian.9 - 2012-09-08 09:56

      If anyone knows from where I can get: "Crime Scene Expert" body banner...please let me know. I do have the set of plastic cones with numbers…they are on special in Toy Zone currently. It puzzles me why sterile glove is on the right hand only and “EXPERT” on this photo is pointing with the left one? Obviously the "EXPERT" is left handed..... Please change this picture, because foreign investors will conclude that we are all “EXPERTs”

  • nina.ignjatov - 2012-09-07 18:54

    Why do they not just tell the public that the protesters are THUGS !!! and Julius was behind it with the unions!!!!! Sick of this already!!!! Finding lame excuses !

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-07 19:02

    This 'everything possible was done' statement is getting a bit old coming from the government.we know the scene was cleared of most evidence that would incriminate the police.

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-09-07 19:04

    Everybody is hammering on about these thugs that died at Marikana....but NOBODY mentions a thing about the policemen and security guards violently killed. Are they trying to sweep it under the carpet ? Why is nothing being mentioned/are they just statistics?

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-09-07 19:38

      Yes it seems they are an afterthought News24 very rarely mentions them I wonder what's happening with those murders?!!! They were very gruesome too so its fair to say the miners will never be charged for these murders please tell me they didn't in vain someone has to be responsible!!!

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-09-07 20:11

      Sorry meant to say didn't die in vain!!!

  • Rolisizwe Lunika - 2012-09-07 20:11

    @sharonE,exactly what I was thinking,the spent bullet shells,my take is that police never thought there would be an investigation

  • - 2012-09-07 20:54

    Everyone in SA should see the Marikana expose on Sky News UK. There are major, major, discrepencies between what the police say that happened and what the evidence shows. Basically, the police slaughtered unarmed people in cold blood. Anywhere else in the world, this is murder.

      tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-08 08:57

      Ozzyln i am with you there,people keep on looking for the fault from the side of the miners while overlooking the fact that the police were out of line and lots of procedures were bypassed-I am starting to think that some(a very few i must mention) of the readers they allow their hatred amongst blacks over cloud what is obvious.

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-09-07 21:23

    How can you possibly make such a statement when the police union is saying that there is widespread corruption within the force? Are none of you on the same page?

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-09-07 21:25

    Chabane is a 'spokesperson' who doesn't have the faintest idea of what honesty and integrity means...just open your mouth and spew out garbage and that does the trick.Except we are not idiots!

  • cpsmit - 2012-09-08 07:12

    I like the statement: "If there are any gaps, the commission would be looking into that." Very clever.

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