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Johannesburg - Last year's shooting of 34 Marikana mineworkers in North West has made the police afraid to act against violent strikers, lobby group AfriForum said on Thursday.
“AfriForum submitted a formal request to the national commissioner of police... Riah Phiyega today (Thursday) for an action plan stipulating how the SAPS (SA Police Service) will ensure the safety of communities and their assets against strikers,” spokesman Ian Cameron said in a statement.
“It seems that Marikana has made the police afraid to act against these strikers.”
He said AfriForum wanted to know why strikers were openly allowed to become violent and damage property.
Police shot dead 34 people, almost all of them striking miners, while trying to disperse and disarm them in Marikana, near Rustenburg, in North West, on August 16, 2012. Ten other people, including two police officers and two security guards, were killed in the preceding week.
The Farlam Commission of Inquiry is investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths.
Cameron said that since 2009 there had been an increase in public violence, which showed that the police could not uphold public discipline.
“It is imperative that the police continue to maintain law and order. They are responsible for the safeguarding of ordinary citizens and their property,” he said.