Probe violent protests: HRW

2012-08-22 14:08

Johannesburg - In probing the Marikana shootings, the government should also investigate what led to violent protests in the country, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.

"The inquiry should include a comprehensive review of the background of the most recent violent protests, including the deaths of police at the hands of miners," said spokesperson Cameron James.

The commission should be set up quickly and its terms of reference should include a brief to investigate reasons behind the violence, he said.

"It should not be limited to whether the use of lethal force by police was lawful."

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-08-22 14:31

    Wait, hold on... the Government has to do investigation on themselves?? We all know what is the reason for the protests....

  • attie.viljoen.39 - 2012-08-22 14:40

    Now that is what we should see happening.

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-22 15:20

    And the investigation should be audited by an independenat authority !

  • likoena.makae - 2012-08-22 15:56

    The investigating team wont be nutral only it is going to be appointed by Msholozi

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-22 15:59

    They know exactly what started this bloodshed. Now what do they intend to do about it and more importantly, what about future protests. Will they set down some stringent laws and make the protestors and unions responsible for any future violence, will protestors still be able to go armed with pangas etc. This type of violence no matter who is to blame needs to be addresssed urgently to stop future occurances.

  • piet.hannibol - 2012-08-23 11:30

    Now I've been wondering. Where is the article on that Mooty that the guys took before the shooting? Why is this piece not mentioning the blood test results of the dead and wounded? At R1000 a dose the question of what was put in to it comes to mind? Were they high on drugs? Mass Amphetamine rage? News24? Ask the question?

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