No weapons near 2 Marikana bodies - expert

2012-10-31 13:05

Rustenburg - No traditional weapons were found next to two bodies at the hill in Wonderkop, Marikana, where police shot dead 34 miners in August, the Farlam commission heard on Wednesday.

Crime scene expert Captain Apollo Mohlaki said Anele Mdizeni and Thabiso Thelejane had gunshot wounds.

Another body, that of Thobile Mphumza, was about 150m away. Mohlaki said a 9mm firearm with 15 bullets was lying a few metres from Mphumza's body.

Several traditional weapons such as knobkerries, sticks, sharpened iron rods and homemade spears were found at the hill, where several more bodies were found.

He told the commission he was called to the scene after the shooting. When he arrived there, no shooting was taking place.

"Not at all," he said when asked whether he had heard gunshots.

The commission is investigating the shooting of the mineworkers at Wonderkop, near Marikana, in North West, on August 16.

  • peter.j.cock - 2012-10-31 13:13

    Or they were so stupid to get in the way of the bullets as they were told they would not be hurt because of the mootie

      Andrea - 2012-10-31 13:23

      Maybe they needed a second coat.

      simthembile.lizwi - 2012-10-31 15:46

      Typical white racist european pretending to be south african

      shaylene.stenger - 2012-10-31 15:56

      @simthembile : as opposed to a \typical black dumb african\ who actually thinks and believes muti can make one bullet proof?

  • Andrea - 2012-10-31 13:20

    Finders Keepers.

  • karel.dutoit.50 - 2012-10-31 13:28

    they stormed the police in a group. How can the police officers identify unarmed people? They should not have taken part in the ILLEGAL strike.

      simthembile.lizwi - 2012-10-31 15:48

      You are just racist, you do not care about facts

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-10-31 13:30

    Just because they didn't have weapons, didn't mean they didn't intend to storm the police. If they were so innocent, they wouldn't have even been there.

  • gennath - 2012-10-31 13:37

    No cars were found near the bodies either, does that mean they were hijacked? I'm sure whatever weapons they had were put to use by their "comrades".

      goyougoodthing - 2012-10-31 14:06


      simthembile.lizwi - 2012-10-31 15:49

      I hope you at least know that you are racist

  • aspruyt - 2012-10-31 13:38

    They risked to partake in an unprotected strike as well as using violence to intimidate and killing 2 officers on top. They got what they had coming! IMO the ones who survived actually got off very lightly.

  • jason.heineberg - 2012-10-31 13:46

    So 34 people charged at the police, 32 of them had weapons and 2 did not? Biased article trying to make it look as if the police just shot down unarmed men- they were part of the mob that attacked the cops...

      arthur.hugh - 2012-10-31 14:08

      Agreed. If you look at the News cameras (I think there were three or four) you can see a guy as he's running past taking a pot shot at cops with a handgun. In the crowd you see them with sticks and knives. The cops reacted instinctively, they're not to blame.

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-10-31 14:06

    so the police were supposed to say '' all those with weapons please raise your hand?' then shoot them??

  • derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-10-31 14:12

    Some morons still refuse to believe that this was blatant slaughter, regardless of the evidence staring them in the face.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-10-31 14:23


      irma.white.9 - 2012-10-31 14:26

      What morons? The ones that saw the miners move towards the cops with weapons? The morons who saw the videos of the miners running towards the police shouting with their weapons? Please tell me what YOU saw so we can all be proven wrong.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-31 15:08

      Yes the 10 was slaughtered. The others wanted a war, prepared to be invinsable and invisable but failed on all acounts.

      shaylene.stenger - 2012-10-31 15:45

      Or the 9mm pistol with 15 rounds laying next to one of the bodies? Who is the moron now?

  • theunis.smit.3 - 2012-10-31 14:26

    don't bring a knobkieries to a gun fight

  • comrade.shefu - 2012-10-31 14:32

    Weren't they using half bricks or rock pebbles to attack the police?i dont see any evidence that can exclude the two from the attack.

  • phillip.joubert.56 - 2012-10-31 14:39

    Bul SH...I...THi all please check the TV footage before and after how many wapons was left behind by the criminal that was shot that run away during the so called shoot out. It is obvious that if found wounded from the scene they do not have the wapons anymore / all now in denile because they just see money / forget it you will not get anything. Do not blame the police. They just enforce the LAW.

  • shaylene.stenger - 2012-10-31 15:42

    Hmmm I'm a little confused or this article makes no sense or should I say the prosecution : \ there were no traditional weapons found next to two bodies but a 9mm firearm with 15 bullets was lying a few metres from Mphumza's body\. So now a traditional weapon is classified as more dangerous than a gun?

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