A commission of inquiry found that South African police lied about the Marikana shootings last years in which 34 striking miners at the Lonmin-owned platinum mines, were killed. Police reportedly falsified or withheld documents and gave false accounts of events.
Among these pages of evidence were documents “which in our opinion demonstrate that the SAPS version of the events at Marikana, as described in the SAPS presentation to this commission and in the evidence of the SAPS witnesses at this commission, is in material respects not the truth”.
The statement says a preliminary examination of documents has revealed that:
» The police have lied about the existence of certain documents;
» Have hidden other documents which should have been disclosed to the commission; and
» The police appear to have faked certain documents at a nine-day meeting they held in Potchefstroom. These documents purport to be from the day the Marikana shooting occurred.
“We do not make this statement lightly. We recognise that is is important that the SAPS should have the opportunity to explain the matters which have raised our concern.
“However, we have to say that absent a convincing explanation, the material which we have found has serious consequences for the further conduct of the work of this commission.” Source: City Press