New plans for police following Marikana: Zuma

2016-12-11 20:16
Armed police at Marikana (File)

Armed police at Marikana (File)

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Johannesburg - Police need to relook at how adequately members who use specialised equipment, including water cannons and video equipment, are trained, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.

"The SAPS should review the adequacy of the training of the members who use specialised equipment, such as water cannons and video equipment, and ensure that all members who may use such equipment are adequately trained to do so," he said.

"All SAPS helicopters should be equipped with functional video cameras."

Zuma was giving an update on steps taken by various government departments to implement the Farlam Commission of Inquiry recommendations.  

The compensation process was initiated after the Marikana massacre, in which police shot 112 striking Lonmin mine workers – killing 34 of them – on August 16, 2012.

Panel of experts for public order policing

The police action was apparently in an attempt to disperse them and end their industrial action.

On Sunday Zuma said the commission recommended a panel be set up to look into matters relating to public order policing.

This panel, as well as a ministerial transformation task team, were up and running.

The panel of experts, Zuma said on Sunday, was drafting interim recommendations on police equipment.

"The SAPS has also procured equipment as required by the Farlam Commission of Inquiry Final Report, which mitigates the challenge experienced during the Marikana tragedy," he said.

"All radio communications should be recorded and the recordings should be preserved. Plans for Public Order Policing operations should identify the means of communication which SAPS members will use to communicate with each other.

"A protocol should be developed and implemented for communication in large operations including alternative mechanisms where the available radio system is such that it will not provide adequate means of communication."

Phiyega suspended

After the multiple killings at Marikana, Zuma established the commission of inquiry, chaired by retired judge Ian Farlam, to look into the matter.

It found that no senior government officials, including Lonmin non-executive board member Cyril Ramaphosa, were responsible for the shootings.

It however recommended a probe into police commissioner Riah Phiyega's fitness to hold office.
Zuma suspended Phiyega in October last year.

Read more on:    police  |  riah phiyega  |  jacob zuma  |  mining  |  marikana inquiry  |  mining unrest
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