Security breach at Marikana inquiry

2012-11-16 11:34

Rustenburg - A person tried to carry a gun into the Farlam commission of inquiry in Rustenburg on Friday, causing the venue to be evacuated.

Commission spokesperson Kevin Malunga confirmed that police were questioning one person.

"There was a significant security breach and we can't leave anything to chance," he told reporters outside the Rustenburg Civic Centre.

"No witness... is allowed with a firearm into the building."

The gun was found with the use of security scanning equipment.

Malunga could not disclose further details as this would "defeat the purpose of the investigation".

The hearing started with discussions on who the next witnesses would be, but about 10 minutes later commission chairperson Ian Farlam interrupted.

"The commission will adjourn for a moment," he said, after which security guards hastily ushered everyone out of the Rustenburg Civic Centre.

The auditorium was declared safe again after a police sweep and the hearing resumed just before 11:00.

  • Andrea - 2012-11-16 11:41

    I suppose another "traditional" weapon not for killing anybody, absolute no criminal intent here. What was the fuss about?

      boris.dietrol - 2012-11-16 11:53

      Massive overreaction to the "MASSIVE" security breach. Suppose it's easier than catching real criminals out there. Idiots.

      claudia.meads - 2012-11-16 13:04

      But it is standard practice for members of the ANC...

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-16 11:42

    The mind boggles at thewaste of time and money spent on people doing something that was illegal in the first place!!!!!!!!!!!!

      silentcoder - 2012-11-16 11:52

      You mean policemen firing live ammo at protesters (which is illegal considering their proper job is to PROTECT our constitutional right to protest) ? Or do you refer to the "illegal strike" ? In that case, I should educate you a little, despite many people using the term - there is no such thing as an illegal strike. Our right to strike is ALSO a constitutional right. What is actually meant is an UNPROTECTED strike - which means that the employer has the right to fire the strikers, it doesn't mean they haven't got the right to strike. Now undoubtedly some of those strikers had broken other laws (the deaths before the 16th for example) but there is absolutely no proof or evidence to support the notion that the vast majority of them were violent or engaged in any activity that is not a constitutionally protected right. I lay the blame for these events squarely before the police - and that's why we are spending the money - because only if we hold such enquiries and police who commit atrocities are brought to book and made to answer for their crimes will we ever have a police service we can trust and rely on to do their REAL jobs which is to protect our rights (including our right to strike and protest). Would you think it's okay if a policeman shot your son because your neighbour was breaking the law ? That's what happened to these people - and we should be supporting them.

      boris.dietrol - 2012-11-16 11:56

      Negative: the right to civil protest should be protected. When people start rioting, looting, and murdering...they should be shot. That is not a protected action, my constitutional rights include a right to life, property and freedom as well. F*ck these barbarians, they got what they deserved.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-16 12:03

      Silentcoder: Its NOT their constitutional rights to show up to a "Peaceful" and illegal strike with pangas etc,hack a policeman to death! Stop making excuses for blatant anarchy!!!!!

      werner.dippenaar.77 - 2012-11-16 13:08

      silentcoder, you display very little intellect as you are not even familiar with the bill of rights. Reading = left to right ; top to bottom

      silentcoder - 2012-11-16 15:08

      @Boris - and you have proof that more than a small minority of bad apples did anything illegal ? Because if you do - please hand it over to the police, their current testimony shows how badly they wish THEY had ANY evidence whatsoever to support that ridiculous claim. Shirley: actually - yes, it is. Carrying a weapon is not a crime. My freedom to swing a panga ends only where your face begins. Having one is not a crime, nor is waving one at a protest. We know there were bad apples who broke laws - I said so in my original post. But if you have proof that they are more than a small minority - or indeed that even ONE Of the 34 dead people was among that group then please (as I said to Dieter) hand this proof over to the police because THEY have no such proof. Indeed - in yesterday's hearing the police's own investigators admitted that the only thing they know for sure right now is that the police deliberately tampered with the crime scene and planted evidence. The only evidence implicating the dead miners in ANY crime were PLANTED by the police, and the police's OWN investigators have admitted that. I am amazed by all these news24 commenters who apparently have access to a massive cache of proof of a crime that nobody else has any evidence for - but aren't handing it over to the police. Now I'm going to propose a little theory here. What if.. the real reason you blame the miners despite the evidence is because they are black ?

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-16 15:53

      Silent coder: What if the reason is because they BROKE THE LAW!!!Enough already with your "because Im black" cr@p! You can argue till the cows go over the moon,they were striking illegally,refused to behave and got what they deserved,wether they were pink,purple,yellow,orange or green!

      boris.dietrol - 2012-11-16 17:17

      It is because they are criminals who broke law...race has nothing to do with it.

      adrian.blau.5 - 2012-11-16 18:06

      @silentcoder. Striking is the same as extortion. As far as I understand it extortion is illegal.There should not be any strikes allowed, protected or not. If you are not happy with your job then quit.

      ben.nevis.906 - 2012-11-16 23:37

      @ silentcoder - what if the real reason is the hacking to death 2 cops and 2 security guards, 3 days before the shootings? Would that make you feel better? Or are you guys supposed to to be "untouchachables" ? The "real world" has news for you...

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-11-16 11:44

    Hmmm, concerning. Way too much violence in South Africa.

      boris.dietrol - 2012-11-16 11:54

      Violence in SA may be exactly why the guy was carrying his gun in the first place: self defence.

  • mongwadi - 2012-11-16 11:45

    This Marikana inquiry is starting to get on my nerves like E-TOLL

  • mshiniboys - 2012-11-16 11:46

    Oh how I hate guns and people who like to show them off.

  • asdhasgd - 2012-11-16 11:50

    Useless security guards.

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-16 11:50

    Does all this threatened violence bring the zuma "go to jail tapes" whereabouts out into the open as specified by the law courts yet? BRING THE FULL TAPES and all these SA problems will vanish.

  • Tello Moleko - 2012-11-16 11:57

    Judge uve been told that miners dont like peace,people are on the table talking,he is carrying gun nd he knows no firearms. i wonder who was to be shot,

      werner.dippenaar.77 - 2012-11-16 13:09

      English please ?

  • aphiwe.mayola - 2012-11-16 12:20

    Personally I don't think it was worth adjourning the whole thing, just another way 2 drag this longer n waste our monies. #rollingeyes#

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-11-16 12:37

    what a waste of time, money an energy, those miners deserve it.

  • mshiniboys - 2012-11-16 12:39

    These days you never know..idiots carry guns around together with their problems.someone could come to court and decide to shoot randomly and kill themselves as well.he wantedd to scare off witnesses this bastard.nonsense.

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2012-11-16 12:57

    U evacuate if there is a bomb scare,not for a gun. Even the Americans don't and we all know they should

      boris.dietrol - 2012-11-16 13:29

      Exactly: because you can still shoot a crazed gunman to stop the rampage. That approach does not work so well with bombs apparently.

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-11-16 13:25

    he will be shot trying to escape and the police will blame the miners. this is a police plant.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-11-16 13:46

      A geranium,fern?

  • bongohead.sipho - 2012-11-16 13:32

    Shocking. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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