Johannesburg - The United Democratic Movement (UDM) on Monday condemned the alleged torture of Marikana protesters who were in police custody.
“We call on the Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa to confirm whether or not these reports are true,” UDM president Bantu Holomisa said in a statement.
“We also call on the minister to allow family members to bring their medical doctors and lawyers to the police stations to conduct an independent assessment of the veracity of these allegations.”
The City Press reported on Sunday that 194 cases had been opened against the police, including assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and attempted murder.
The Independent Police Investigative Directorate launched investigations into five police stations, the newspaper said.
Two weeks ago, police opened on striking workers at Lonmin mine in Marikana while trying to disperse them. The police ministry said 34 people were killed and 78 were injured.
Another 260 people were arrested on charges of public violence, and remain in custody.
In the week leading up to the shooting, ten other people - including two police officers and two security guards - were killed in protests. - Sapa