Pretoria - Police commanders who authorised the 2012 killing of striking miners at Marikana should be a priority for prosecution by the incoming head of the National Prosecution Authority (NPA), the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) said.
This was the general consensus by independent David Bruce, lawyer Nomzamo Zondo, Judge Ian Farlam and the ISS justice and violence prevention head Gareth Newham. This comes on the eve of the fateful massacre.
Newham said The SA Police Service (SAPS) can only rid itself of Marikana’s deadly legacy by taking responsibility for the unnecessary killings, with commanders and those who pulled the trigger being held accountable.
“This will signal a clear break by SAPS from its troubled past. It will improve public trust in the police at a time when the risk of volatile protests is high as the 2019 elections approach and politicians turn up the rhetoric on land reform,” said Newham.
He said new police minister Bheki Cele and SAPS commissioner Khehla Sitole, under President Cyril Ramaphosa, have the opportunity to rebuild public trust in the SAPS by making much-needed reforms in the interests of public safety, Newham told a seminar at the ISS.