Police tied wounded miners' hands - cop

2012-11-14 13:45

Rustenburg - Police tied the hands of some wounded protesters after the shooting that left 34 miners dead near Marikana, North West, on August 16, a senior officer said on Wednesday.

Lieutenant Colonel Duncan Scott told the Farlam commission of inquiry into the events that this was done to secure one of the crime scenes.

Police either handcuffed or cable-tied the hands of the wounded who were lying near dangerous weapons, in order to make the scene safe for medical personnel, he said.

Scott was narrating a police presentation of events in the commission's public hearings in Rustenburg, North West.

He showed photographs of an apparently unconscious miner lying with his hands behind his back, with a firearm, panga and a large knife in close proximity.

Scott showed three video clips depicting what he described as "perceived rituals" conducted two days before the shooting.

Traditional leader

A leader, wearing a green blanket around his shoulders, appeared to be sprinkling something on the rows of seated protesters while another man performed a dance.

Thousands of protesters were visible, sitting in a tight formation on the koppie.

"The inyanga (traditional herbalist) seems to have some kind of contraption tied to his right arm," Scott said.

Commission chairperson, retired judge Ian Farlam, asked whether the inyanga had been identified.

Scott said he was not at liberty to discuss this, except to confirm that an investigation had been launched.

In one of the video clips, the man in the green blanket shouts through a loudhailer, while another protester is seen urinating towards the police.

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-14 14:02

    Common police policy. Secure the prisioner before he gets chance to attack you. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK COPS.

      thembinkosi.jozie - 2012-11-14 14:20

      A dead prisoner?

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-14 14:28

      Not dead when he was tied.

      hendrik.verwoerd.14 - 2012-11-14 17:20

      @kenpeg.dawson: even so, no matter what common police procedure was followed, the fact that innocent people were murdered i.e. a line was crossed, the Police are going to be judged harshly even if they did what any other cop would've done. And they (the cops), sadly only have themselves to blame & to make matters worse, the crime scene was disrupted afterwards, that only added fuel to an already out of control fire.

  • brian.connell.18 - 2012-11-14 14:22

    Why are 'they' asking the police for justification? The police were doing their job and doing it well. As kenpeg.dawson mentioned, reducing threat is part of police procedure. They did it this way the keep the scene as intact as possible, indicating a marked lack of desire to 'cover-up' any evidence. Well done police! And one more thing - if I was in their position, with a horde of doped up, frenzied, out-of-control maniacs advancing towards me armed with machetes, pangas, clubs and possibly firearms, I would have no compunction in opening fire to protect me and my police comrades. Well done to the police. Now leave them alone and rather fix the protesters by throwing them in jail where they belong.

  • shane.loxton - 2012-11-14 14:25

    Come to the US if even u dead shot by the cops your hands are cuffed for the safety of the police

  • heathway.master - 2012-11-14 14:38

    How absolutely disgusting and inhumane. After all, before being wounded, the only intention of this peaceful sole was to walk up to the police front line, give jolly handshakes. plenty of hugs, and maybe even a kiss or two. Shame on you, very naughty policeman.

  • Cameron - 2012-11-14 14:50

    After the way these strikers have been wasting the tax payers money, killing the innocent, holding the economy ransom...I COULD NOT CARE LESS about them! If they did things by the book, there would be sympathy! BUT they dont!

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-11-14 15:46

    cry me a river!

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