Watchdog to probe Marikana brutality claims

2012-08-24 20:00

Johannesburg - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Friday said he had asked the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) to investigate claims of police brutality at Lonmin's Marikana mine.

"[The] allegations of police brutality... have just been brought to the attention of the minister of police," his spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said.

"He immediately tasked the head of the IPID directorate, Francois Beukman, to investigate these allegations and give him a report urgently."

Mnisi said the allegations of brutality against mineworkers who were arrested were brought to Mthethwa's attention at an inter-ministerial meeting in Rustenburg in the North West.

"The minister would then make pronouncements based on these findings."

Last week Thursday, 260 miners were arrested during protests at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana, North West. They face charges of public violence.

Police shot and killed 34 people while trying to disperse protesters at the mine. Over 78 people were wounded.

Ten people, including two police officers and two security guards, were killed in the week preceding the clash.

The mineworkers appeared in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court on Monday, where the case was postponed to next week.

  • Chris - 2012-08-24 20:14

    Guess the police are going to be the fall guys for the politicians!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-25 00:01

      If so, then the politicians will be neatly trapped. It's their policies and procedures which dictate the ability to provide an adequately trained & equipped (in tactics, armaments, protective gear and psychological demeanour)that gives us the police force we have.

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-08-25 07:15

      I believe the police must do their work without fear or favour. This seems to me that old Naatbal is choosing the places where the police must intervene. Naatbal, how is it going with the investigations against those responsible for the isiXhosa youngsters that died at iniation schools this year and how is the investigations going against those who made young girls pregnant (I think it is called statutory rape). Oops I don't think anything happened. Where is the police investigation against those policemen who had to do those investigations and failed to do so? I guess that the tribal vote to keep your smug grin in cabinet is more important than the upholding of the law which in essence is your job in case you did not realise.

      emile.vanrayner.7 - 2012-08-25 08:21

      whats REALLY messed up is how this is reported. Whenever the 34 deaths are brought up it gets reported as "police shot 34 miners". When the 10 brutal and blatant murders are brought up all the will say is "oh yeah, 10 other people died the week before". why dont they make a point of saying that those 10 people died horrible deaths at the hands of the miners? if govt is going to send the saps out to pasture, a few years from now they will regret it dearly. there are people in this country gunning for the anc, and its not your opposition parties. your opposition parties are only trying to win the elections. your true enemy wants to take everything you have

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-08-24 20:21

    Chances are he went onto News24 and spotted the picture they had next to all the stories they posted on the incident...

  • georg.potgieter - 2012-08-24 20:24

    Ten people, including two police officers and two security guards, were killed in the week preceding the clash. ------- Will this form part of the brutality probe? E.g. those two policemen were mutilated and tortured before they were killed? Will any of the murderers be brought to book?

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-08-24 20:27

      Don't hold your breath, George. The investigation will be into Lonmin, the police and the unions - no mention of the murdering mineworkers, or the witchdoctor with his fake muti.

      henk63 - 2012-08-25 01:41

      @Sharon - All muti is fake. Anyone who believe in witchdoctor crap belong in the dark ages, but then again, that is probably where they still are.

      hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-25 07:04

      @georg. Please do not hold your breath.

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-08-24 20:45

    why? lies .. lies .. only after a week this comes to the fore... after malema planted the seed to make the cops look bad

      buti.Bambo - 2012-08-24 22:35

      They acted unlawful, their planning was poor

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-08-24 21:11

    Why do we keep on persecuting our police force when they are doing there job. Why do we encourage corruption and crime? Wake up South Africans, we know who shot the first bullet! The police where defending themselves.

      buti.Bambo - 2012-08-24 22:32

      Not with a live ammunition. TRT showed their incompitency

  • tiaan.truter - 2012-08-24 21:26

    Im sorry but I dont understand this....The ANC ect ect ect is bitching about the 34 people that got killed by the police,yet they were dangerous.They didnt make this big of a deal when they police men were killed.Whats the use of having police if they cant use force IF needed ?

  • tiaan.truter - 2012-08-24 21:26

    the police men*

  • buti.Bambo - 2012-08-24 22:39

    I welcome the decision. Police planning was is needed as they r still incompitence

      frank.liebenberg1 - 2012-08-25 00:15

      No matter what the Police do, how weel they do it, there will always be some people who want to blame the ills of the regime on the poor servants of the State who are underpaid and on the front lines to defend the very people who are so vocal in their condemnation. If the Police had stepped back and let the two camps settle their differences in the way they apparently were eager to employ...what would the death toll had been then? And guess what, the Police would have been accused of NOT doing their job by people who really are not qualified (or equiped) to cricisize them.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-25 00:31

      @frank.liebenberg1 - all involved parties ran away and dropped this issue into the police's lap. We can all look back now and have 20-20 vision. All the vultures are circling now with the shoulda coulda woulda. We'll never know. And the fundamental reason why we'll never know is that there are no strategists to back-up a single thing the police did. They were the misguided missiles to serve a secret war

  • FinalJustice - 2012-08-25 07:13

    Can anyone who is anyone tell me if anyone out there still doubt the fact that this whole Lonmin stage is politically motivated? I mean 'hello' people - unions need to adopt a militant attitude to show the state how brave they are, state plays the game by intervening in order to use it as a brilliant excuse to lay claim on the mines' financial resources, the people affected workers and police alike (victims) create sensational material for the media and platinum price shoots through the roof. When will we learn?

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