Panel of experts to help implement Farlam Commission findings

2016-01-24 16:28
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Cape Town – A panel of experts to assist in the implementation of the findings of the Farlam Commission has been appointed, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko announced on Sunday.

Members of the independent body were selected from nominations and appointed by the minister after the commission recommended that the panel be established.

The commission, headed by the retired Judge Ian Farlam, investigated the deaths of 44 people killed during strike-related unrest at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana, Rustenburg, in August 2012.

Nhleko said the panel should review public order policing; analyse international best practice; revise and amend standing procedures and orders; investigate the adequacy of public order policing methods; and explore the use of other available tools and equipment for use in “non-lethal or less force environments”, among other aspects of the report.

While the panel is not yet finalised, Nhleko announced the selection of Themba Masuku of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation; Adele Kirsten of Gun Free SA; Gareth Newham of the Institute for Security Studies; David Bruce, an expert witness at the hearings; independent expert Dr Elizabeth Grobbler; Eldred De Klerk of the Africa Centre for Security and Intelligence Practice; and international law enforcement expert, Cees de Rover.

Also included on the panel are police employee organisations, police experts and international representatives from Russia, China, Brazil and Italy.

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