Marikana miners: Copshops too small

2012-08-26 17:00

Johannesburg - Police stations close to the Lonmin mine at Marikana may be too small to hold the mine workers arrested for violence earlier this month, the police ministry said on Sunday.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa had consulted his correctional services counterpart, Sbu Ndebele, over the "possibility of relocation of arrestees to other correctional facilities pending the investigations", said his spokesperson Zweli Mnisi.

"Such a relocation would not be something peculiar because from time to time, arrestees are moved from one prison to another."

Police shot dead 34 striking workers at Lonmin's Marikana mine and wounded 78 in a violent confrontation earlier this month.

A total of 260 mineworkers were arrested.

They complained to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) that they had been assaulted by the police during their arrests.

IPID was continuing to investigate and the minister was receiving progress updates.

A City Press report that Mthethwa had negotiated with correctional services to take over mine workers' supervision, was misleading, Mnisi said.

"There is no such thing," Mnisi said.

To suggest that he wanted correctional services to take over their supervision would be to prejudge an investigation into assault claims by miners Mthethwa had himself called for, said Mnisi.

Mthethwa had received a preliminary IPID report on the matter on Friday.

"In a few days we should be receiving a final report, which importantly will outline recommendations on what action to take against any police officer who may have been involved," Mnisi said.

The men are expected to appear in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court on Monday.

  • kim.buren - 2012-08-26 17:07

    So we suppose to feel sorry for these savages. Thailand prisons are alot worse.

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-08-26 18:39

      This is a start to prepare for there release without charge

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-08-26 21:04

      I guess that we should keep them in Wachthuis. Is it not just as savage to spend too much money on Roux Shabangu's building when you could have built prisons and schools around Marikana with that money? Zoes Puma, can we get some leadership please? Oops your hand is also in the till.

  • joubert.joep - 2012-08-26 17:08

    Only in SA - ask Malema to assist them! LOL

  • FinalJustice - 2012-08-26 17:23

    I happen to know of this 1 Big hole near a place called Kimberley ...

      hennie.vanjaarsveld.12 - 2012-08-27 07:54

      no please not this weekend im going there fill the hole up next week monday lol

  • Andre - 2012-08-26 17:24

    How difficult can it be for the authorities to find space for the criminals? And the statement that they cannot hold them for a while in a correctional services facility for fear of "pre-judging" them is laughable. They murdered four people in cold blood!

  • adam.gardener.12 - 2012-08-26 17:31

    They should feel at home at luthile house.

  • carl.lotter.3 - 2012-08-26 18:05

    In the Ramaphosa, Kasrils and Mojokweni articles we see talk of accord, turning point, watershed moment and all with reference primarily to the state. Do not put new wine into old wine bags: the new wine will cause the bags to crack and the new wine will be wasted. But new wine into new wine jars Revamp the cabinet and each department. In cabinet we should include a ministry for SMME and close the ministry for Economic development. In departments, throw out all DG’s deputy DG’s and Chief Directors that are not performing at a level of executive as required in the private sector. In the performance contract with each minister and DG there ought to be a requirement that the quality and quantity of Stakeholder Relations, Partnership and Reputational Status be measurable standards of performance. Related should be aspects of creating an “enabling environment”. If this is achieved individually and collectively, it will indicate the effectiveness of government from the highest levels downward. This will give Batho Pele proverbial teeth.

  • - 2012-08-26 22:24

    Reports , Reports, Reports...damn man, did you not see the video footage the public saw ? 3000 miners attacked police after killing 6 community members and 4 lawmen. They drank muti - that would stop bullets hahaha - and stormed with knifes, guns and knob kieries . . . Stop pointing finger at the 400 cops that were defending themselves from a massacre

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