SAHRC suspends its Marikana probe

2012-10-22 20:20

Rustenburg - The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is suspending its investigation into the Marikana shooting, chairperson Lawrence Mushwana said on Monday.

"We do not intend to conduct a parallel investigation," he told reporters in Rustenburg.

The commission received complaints from a non-governmental organisation in Cape Town regarding the conduct of the police on 16 August, in Marikana.

The complaints related to the violation of human rights, in particular the right to life.

"Rather, we will make submissions [to the Farlam Commission of Inquiry] based on our work as the country's national human rights institution charged with monitoring human rights in South Africa."

He said their submissions would focus on the general standards of procedure regulating police conduct in a constitutional democracy, the extent to which business had a legal obligation to the community with which they worked, and the extent to which government structures had failed to protect the basic rights of the workers and their families.

The SAHRC would participate in the Marikana inquiry as an interested party.

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry is probing the shooting in which 34 Lonmin mine workers were killed on 16 August, in Marikana.

The workers, who were armed with pangas, spears, knobkerries, and iron rods, died after police fired on them. They had been on a wildcat strike demanding R12 500 salary per month.

  • Hyrene Esterhuizen - 2012-10-22 20:32

    of course u will suspend it coz theres nothing to probe or are u as the SAHRC waiting in line to indulge yourselves in our hard earned taxes jjust as the current probe is doing just a waste of money which could be utilised much better elsewhere

  • heathway.master - 2012-10-22 20:41

    The strikers were intent on cutting the police into small pieces with their traditional weapons such as pangas and axes. I did not think that Chaka Zulus warriors were armed with pangas and axes. The front police line was being overrun. Marikana has become a national tragedy, yet nothing much has been said about the 4.5 million peoples who were massacred during the never ending chaos in the Congo. People’s perceptions and political manipulations will always leave me befuddled.

  • kim.buren - 2012-10-22 20:44

    Such a waste of taxpayers money. Those cops were defending themselves FFS

      mshiniboys - 2012-10-23 08:09


  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-10-22 21:14

    They are going to blame the police again. They should have killed more of these hooligans.

  • TYRELL153 - 2012-10-22 21:28

    I'll make it simple...We have an angry mob on a hill...we have a crazy chief of police that basically says today we are going to massacre the mob (she said today they were going to use whatever force necessary...there will be blood). So they set the police up in front of the strikers and instead of running the mod charges and they are shot...Person to blame for organising the show down massacre...our chief of police. It could have been handled many other ways...but she is to stupid to know.

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