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Top cop quizzed at Marikana commission

2013-07-15 12:42

Pretoria - North West deputy police commissioner William Mpembe on Monday faced questions regarding police interaction with striking mineworkers during the Marikana unrest.

Mpembe was on the witness stand at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, which is probing the events that led to the deaths of 34 miners shot by police on 16 August. It is also looking into what led to the deaths of 10 people, including two police officers and security guards, the preceding week.

Evidence leader Mbuyiseli Madlanga showed Mpembe several videos and asked him to explain the methods police employed in managing thousands of protesting mineworkers.

Madlanga asked: "General, that police officer we see in the video with his back to the camera is you, isn't that so?"

Mpembe said he was not sure.

"I would know myself general, even if I was facing the other side. Was that not you?"

Mpembe conceded it could have been him, judging from the other police officers at the scene.

Running away

Some of the videos showed protesters running away after police fired stun grenades and teargas in a veld.

Madlanga asked: "From what we can see [in the videos] the people started running around only after stun grenades have been thrown and exploded. It's only then that they start to run around, do you see that?"

At that point, Tebogo Mathibedi, SC, for the police, objected.

"We are not able to see clearly in the video. There is some interruption being caused by the trees. We don't see what's happening on the other side," he said.

Mpembe said it was not possible to ascertain whether the smoke seen in the video was from teargas canisters or stun grenades.

The hearing continues.

Comments
  • warren-rodel - 2013-07-15 12:47

    The police did their job, yes there were casualties and they brought it on them selves, so what's the on going regurgitation of questions for? Lazy communist parasites.

      Goodwill Mtshayise - 2013-07-15 13:08

      Poor you Warren.

      warren-rodel - 2013-07-15 13:25

      You obviously just don't get it do you?...

      Fisha Paul - 2013-07-15 13:29

      Gvrmnt mst pay de family n stop wasting lot of money on comm, ppl hv bin killed so wt....?

      Graham Jehoma - 2013-07-15 13:31

      no Warren Mr. Goodyear is not getting it....in slow english Mr. Tyre man how many ways can you ask the same question @ our expense huh??

      LAVOLPE-ZN - 2013-07-15 13:41

      I hate lazy typing... Don't people realize how stupid it makes them look?

      John Smith - 2013-07-15 22:13

      You need to take your prejudiced head out of the sand. Guess which of your body parts is exposed?

  • Lois Lloyd - 2013-07-15 12:57

    I have been out of the country for some months and return to find that this is still going on - ridiculous!

  • Graham Jehoma - 2013-07-15 13:00

    is this inquiry still on???? the next shooting over wages is about to start.....hurry up now. pay the family and lets move on to the next one

  • Cadre KG Sebothoma - 2013-07-15 13:03

    @Warren-rodel, are you south african? there is NO white african or a black chinese. There is no such!!

      John Smith - 2013-07-15 22:11

      I am a white AFRICAN whether you like it or not. I was born a free man of the land in AFRICA.

  • Yondela Gupta-Valela - 2013-07-15 13:59

    There goes my tax money!... We all know that police reacted on life threatning situation and thus defend themselves. Therefore, their (police) conduct is justifiable in these circumstances.

      John Smith - 2013-07-15 22:07

      You need to open your eyes to the EVIDENCE presented. You are blinded by hate!

  • Eriki Masha - 2013-07-15 15:40

    Commision of enquiry is a waste of money, Hit skwart police should have been presecuted in the court of law. If it was another way around "white people" Killed the president would have been fired long time ago.

  • John Smith - 2013-07-15 22:04

    Oh the thick thugs DID fire stun grenades into the miners to get them running so the thick thugs would have to DEFEND themselves from the "attackers". Caught on video Mpembe, try to lie yourself out of this om one. Thick thugs should be compelled to wear video while on duty. Costs only about R400 per unit!

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