The reasons the “new dawn” police acted like their apartheid-era predecessors by opening fire on the striking workforce remain veiled in secrecy and cover-ups.
It is not enough that former North West deputy commissioner William Mpembe and his two co-accused are standing trial in the provincial High Court sitting in Mogwase for their role in the Marikana killings.
Mpembe, Gideon van Zyl and Oupa Pule are foot soldiers. They clearly must have been taking orders from someone higher up the command chain.
That authority remains faceless and not charged as scores of women have been left widows and scores more children without the support of their breadwinners who perished on that day.