North West police chief to step down

2015-05-20 06:17
Marikana protesters (AFP)

Marikana protesters (AFP)

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Johannesburg - North West police commissioner, Lieutenant-General Zukiswa Mbombo, who was at the helm during the shooting of miners at Marikana, will be leaving the SA Police Service at the end of the month.

Her resignation comes at a time when President Jacob Zuma is considering a report by the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, which was established to investigate the events at Marikana.

Thirty-four people were killed near Lonmin's platinum mine near Marikana, North West, when police tried to disperse striking miners on August 16, 2012. More than 78 people were injured.

Ten people, including two police officers and two Lonmin security guards, were killed in the previous week.

According to a statement from North West police national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega would be receiving the "sword of command" from Mbombo on Friday.

The provincial police chief testified at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry.

During her testimony Mbombo conceded that police intervention at the mine in 2012 was a failure.

At the time she said there were blunders in the police communication systems used on the day of the shooting.

In November last year after sitting for 300 days the commission, chaired by retired judge Ian Farlam, concluded its work,

The commission's report was handed to Zuma at the end of March.

Last week, the presidency said Zuma was still processing the commission's  report and will release it publicly "in due course".

Zuma said the commission had made some serious recommendations which required careful consideration.

Read more on:    police  |  zukiswa mbombo  |  riah phiyega  |  north west  |  marikana

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