SAHRC to probe, cops, Lonmin, govt

2012-09-07 20:14

Johannesburg - The SA Human Rights Commission will investigate the conduct of the police, Lonmin, and local government in the killings at Marikana, it said on Friday.

"[We] have requested the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) to gather evidence from victims, suspected perpetrators, forensic pathologists and experts," the commission said in a statement.

Thirty-four miners were shot dead on August 16 when police tried to disperse striking workers at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana, North West.

A Cape Town-based NGO contended that national police commissioner Riah Phiyega and the police violated the miners' right to life, as enshrined in the Bill of Rights.

The SAHRC would consider the culpability of the SA Police Service "in their conduct with regards to the incidents which took place at Marikana, and the conduct of the police in the area around this time".

It would examine claims of "corporate malpractice" by Lonmin. This related to allegations on the water quality in the area, Lonmin's recruitment practices, the living conditions of the workers, and compliance with mineral and environmental legislation.

The SAHRC would investigate the local government's failure to deliver services in and around Marikana.

Based on evidence collected by the LRC team, headed by human rights advocate George Bizos, the SAHRC said it would decide whether to take legal action.

The LRC'S evidence would form the basis of the SAHRC's presentation to the presidential commission of inquiry, chaired by retired Supreme Court of Appeal judge Ian Farlam.

"In responding to this complaint, the SAHRC aims to help contribute to justice for the Lonmin miners, their families and all those who continue to experience such violations of their Constitutional rights," the commission said.

  • lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-07 20:45

    Of course every politrickster, union, society, council is going to climb on the bandwagon in a mad scramble to try and 'figure out' what any citizen could have told you aeons ago; all your processes, procedures, policies, guidelines, mediation counsels, laws, have had zero effect on most. Marikana is the catalyst not the cause. People burning and protesting daily for years is just brushed aside. Now that the country's been very publicly and internationally embarrassed, now everyone wants to investigate. Where was Chamber of Mines? Where were the Unions? Where were any of the pieces of the puzzle that were all so carefully crafted to prevent this very thing from happening? Root Cause is at govt's door. Everything else is a consequence. We're tired of this raggedy stable-door 'governance'. Just once, really, we'd like to see govt do something BEFORE it becomes a crisis.

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-07 21:57

      Leonardb1 - have you not heard asstd ministers over the years being i/viewed every time we get beyond a crisis? They learn this at politricks school "People can't expect government to do everything. The Private Sector must.., the people must..." Well the Private Sector and the People won't, can't haven't. They are masters at squircles but they cannot foresee let alone address a single problem that has any meaningful or positive consequence - except on paper.

  • mthokozisi.madlala.7 - 2012-09-07 20:47

    This is a joke....Local Government? probe them for what?.....

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-09-07 21:40

    Justice for the 2 policemen, 2 security guards brutally murdered and the 6 miners as well way before the shootings!!!!!

  • john.cryink - 2012-09-07 21:40

    Disband the SAHRC

  • SharonE - 2012-09-07 21:45

    Why focus on just one incident? The rot is not localised! Name it, and there will be a problem - education, sanitation, security, roadworks, water, health, shall I carry on?

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-09-07 21:56

    democrazy on its best somebody may please explaine to me the police were suppose to go to thise guys and say hai guy caw u offer u some coffie or juice or a free shutlle to town

  • Vince.York - 2012-09-08 07:29

    government has FAILED so it will hardly need another 'spear' to probe it as it is already a STUCK PIG almost as much as the unions.

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