16 July 2014

South Africa: Marikana Commission - Mthethwa Under Fire


Former Police minister Nathi Mthethwa appeared for his second and final day at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry on Tuesday. In the tense, frenetic-paced cross-examinations he was accused of exerting political influence on the operations of the police, lying to the Commission, and failing to provide leadership and accountability. Mthethwa, of course, denied the allegations. GREG NICOLSON reports.

Representing the families of the killed mineworkers, Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza started where Monday's cross-examination ended. He presented a video of Mpofu congratulating police in Marikana on 17 August 2012 for their courage, bravery, and nation-building efforts. Mthethwa, who is now arts and culture minister but was police minister at the time, said the state must "do everything in our power so that anarchists do not think that South Africa is their stage. As your minister I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Ntsebeza said Mthethwa's remarks made it seem that the actions of the police were justified because the protesters were "running amok", ignoring the fact that SAPS officers had also killed 37 people throughout the week. What the family members of the dead miners want to hear, he said, is the ANC government categorise Marikana in the...

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