The Killing Koppie: where miners dodged bullets and police dodged accountability

JOHANNESBURG - On the eve of the 6th commemoration fo the Marikana massacre, which cost the lives of 44 miners, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) released a report detailing what happened at Scene 2, known as the ‘killing koppie’.

The report found that police were not under fire from miners, but actually their own colleagues on the other side of the koppie. 

According to Nomzamo Zondo, Director at the Litigation at the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI), the police believe they are not to blame for the incident and rather that everyone else must carry the blame, including the dead and their families. 

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Additionally, the ISS report found that a statement by former police commissioner Riah Phiyega, which revised events, served as a template which SAPS members used to close ranks and mislead the public.



It was found that police were motivated by a desire to punish miners for the killing of police members in the weeks leading up the Marikana killings. 



Speaking at the launch of the ISS report, Judge Ian Farlam, who headed the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, said a statement by former President Jacob Zuma that all political key players were exonerated by the Commission was not true. 

Farlam also said the Commission found that prima facie evidence indicates that the police who fired at Scene 2 were not doing so in self-defense and can be charged with attempted murder or assault. 












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