Marikana police video broadcasted

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IOL news sep15 lonmin rubber bullets b REUTERS A police officer fires shots to disperse miners at Lonmin's Marikana mine on September 15. File photo

Johannesburg - Cellphone video footage taken by policemen on the Marikana shootings, which could have implications for the Farlam commission of inquiry, was released by a British news channel.

The video was released by Channel 4 News on Sunday and shows how police kept their guns on two men while they crawled through a field.

The video shows an officer from the tactical response team calling for restraint when a miner is on the move.

“The guy is there running. Wait, don't shoot him, don't shoot him,” the officer is heard shouting.

However, gunshots are heard and then the camera moves over the lifeless body of a man.

The voice of another officer is heard: “That motherfucker. I shot him at least ten times.”

Inigo Gilmore reports that the dead man was later identified and that he was shot 12 times.

Later, a police officer is heard speaking in Afrikaans about someone having a smaller gun and he imitates the sounds of the gunshots as it went off.

Two policemen filmed the footage.

“(The police video was taken) a few hundred metres away from the media and crucially, out of sight of their cameras where most of the miners actually died,” Gilmore reported.

The report showed the footage that was shown by other media houses and during the inquiry.

Gilmore said the police video raised more questions of what happened at the koppie.

On August 16, 34 striking mineworkers were shot dead and 78 wounded when police opened fire while trying to disperse a group gathered on a hill near the mine.

In the preceding week, 10 people, including two police officers and the two security guards, were hacked to death.

The commission continues in Rustenburg. - Sapa


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