S. Africa releases report of Marikana incident

Report recommended inquiry into National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega and her fitness to hold office

S. Africa releases report of Marikana incident

World Bulletin / News Desk 

The official report into the killing of 34 miners in 2012 found the executive had not played any role in the decision of the police’s tactical response, South African President Jacob Zuma said Thursday.

“The Marikana incident was a horrendous tragedy that has no place in a democracy. Violence has no place in our democracy which we fought so hard to achieve,” Zuma said in a televised address to the nation.

The president said the report recommended an inquiry into National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega and her fitness to hold office.

“I have written to the commissioner to inform her of the recommendations,” Zuma said.

In August 2012, police shot and killed 34 miners in Marikina during a protest over wages near the Lonmin platinum mine in the North West province.

Over 70 other striking miners were injured during the incident, which some observers compared to the dark days of apartheid, when police used to use excessive force to quell demonstrations.

“Bread winners were brutally taken away from families. All of South Africa and the world were shocked. Nobody expected this to happen in a democratic South Africa,” the president said in his address.

He said the report had found that the police’s tactical plan on the day of the killings was defective and that it recommended full investigations to establish the criminal liability of the police officers who were involved in the operation.

The report also recommended that a panel of experts be appointed to revise the country's public order policing strategy.

“All police helicopters should be equipped with video cameras,” Zuma said, adding that all police officers should also be trained in offering first aid to their victims.

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