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.
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.
#Marikana Zondo “Scene 2 might happen again because there has been no prosecutions or accountability” speaks about police action during #FeesMustFall and a man who choked on teargas during a protest...— silindelo masikane (@Slindelo_M) August 15, 2018
#Marikana The report says a media 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. pic.twitter.com/2IGZbRhd47— silindelo masikane (@Slindelo_M) August 15, 2018
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.
BREAKING #Marikana The author of the report ‘The Sound of Gunfire’ David Bruce says the killings at Scene 2 were not justified but motivated by the desire to punish strikers for the killing of two police officers earlier in the week of of the 16th Aug 2012. pic.twitter.com/s0y3YLgHPf— silindelo masikane (@Slindelo_M) August 15, 2018
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.
#Marikana Farlam “the former president said we exonerated all political key players, he must have been misinformed. That is not true”— silindelo masikane (@Slindelo_M) August 15, 2018
WATCH #Marikana Judge Farlam says his commission rejected police’s submission that they didn’t know about what happened at Scene 2 (koppie) when operation should have been stopped at Scene 1(Kraal) pic.twitter.com/uSjPAiZysp— silindelo masikane (@Slindelo_M) August 15, 2018
#Marikana Farlam “Prima facie indicates that those that fired at Scene 2 were not doing so in self defense.”— silindelo masikane (@Slindelo_M) August 15, 2018