Amcu to commemorate Marikana shootings

Armed police at Marikana (File, AFP)
Armed police at Marikana (File, AFP)

Johannesburg – The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) is expected to commemorate the Marikana massacre in the North West on Tuesday morning.  

According to the union's Twitter account, R2m has been donated to the Marikana Massacre Amcu Trust Fund for affected families. The union appealed for more donations.    

On August 16, 2012, police shot and killed 34 miners, apparently while trying to disperse them and end a strike. 

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

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry was instituted to investigate the incident and the circumstances around it. 

It recommended that there be a probe into suspended National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega's fitness to hold office. 

Zuma suspended Phiyega in October last year, over 14 allegations of misconduct.

In May this year, the inquiry investigating Phiyega's fitness to hold office heard that she changed a statement prepared by police shortly before addressing the media about the 34 strikers killed. 

She removed reference to the number of people killed and added that police were forced to use "maximum force" to defend themselves, Lindela Mashigo, a brigadier at the time and responsible for the police's communications department, told the inquiry.

On August 17, Phiyega dictated to him the changes in the statement to be read to journalists about the previous day's events.

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