More disappointment for Marikana families as senior police officers acquitted

The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (Seri) has been left disappointed after the high court in the North West acquitted four senior officers last week over the Marikana massacre almost a decade ago. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said they were still studying the judgment in order to make an informed decision. North West […]

Marikana massacre: 4 cops acquitted of all charges

Former North West Deputy Police Commissioner Mzondase Mpembe and three other senior police officers have been acquitted of all three charges related to the Marikana massacre. General Mpembe and his co-accused were facing charges of defeating the ends of justice. This is for allegedly failing to report the death in custody of Modisaotsile Sagalala, who […]

SAPS paid R176m to families of mineworkers killed in Marikana tragedy – Cele

The SAPS has paid out over R176 million to the families of the 34 mineworkers killed in the Marikana tragedy in 2012. Police Minister Bheki Cele made the announcement on Monday morning during the release of a report by a panel of experts tasked with looking into policing and crowd management as part of the […]

Marikana massacre: 9 years later, residents want employers to fulfill promises

Nine years after the Marikana massacre in the North West, mining communities in that area are marching to the Tharisa Mine on Thursday demanding that employers deliver on their promises. The communities say they were still under the boot of oppressive mining magnates despite many promises that life would improve after 34 miners were shot […]

Marikana massacre: State’s case against charged cops takes a beating

The state’s case against half a dozen policemen charged with the deaths of five people – including two from within their own ranks and three mineworkers – during the violent unrest in Marikana in August 2012, took a beating in the North West High Court on Wednesday morning. This as Lieutenant-Colonel Moses Mushwana – from […]

SABC footage used to show events leading to Marikana massacre

SABC news video footage was used in court to depict visuals of some of the events that saw two police officers and three miners losing their lives in Marikana. The video was shown after one taken by retired police video operator Warrant Officer Rapheso Masinya on 13 August 2012, prior to the Marikana massacre. In […]

Court orders IPID to get Marikana video footage from SABC

The North West High Court has ordered investigators from the Independent Police Investigative Directorate to request footage from the SABC of what transpired in Marikana on the 13th of August in 2012, when five people were killed. Lawyers representing former North West deputy police commissioner William Mpembe and his five co-accused, requested that video be […]

Police officers back in court as Marikana murder trial resumes

The trial of former North West deputy police commissioner, General Mzondase Mpembe, and five police officers will continue in the North West High Court on Monday. The six are facing five counts of murder, attempted murder, defeating the ends of justice, and contravening the Commissions Act by giving false information to the Marikana Commission of […]

CCTV operator describes scenes where 5 people were allegedly killed in Marikana

The incident, which allegedly claimed five lives three days prior to the Marikana massacre, was replayed in the North West High Court in Mahikeng. The 13 August 2012 tragedy, which was captured by Lonmin Mine CCTV cameras, depicted a horrific scene involving the police at K3 shaft. CCTV operator Timothy Makwela said the incident, which […]

Marikana trial to resume at the North West High Court in Mahikeng

The trial against former Deputy Police commissioner William Mpembe and his five co-accused is expected to resume at the North West High Court in Mahikeng on Monday. This is in connection with incidents relating to the Marikana massacre of August 16th, 2012. Mpembe is expected to appear alongside Salmon Vermaak, Nkosana Mguye, Collin Mogale, Katlego […]