City Press reports that suspended national police commissioner Riah Phiyega will head the list of 72 police officers identified for prosecution for their role in the killing of 34 striking mine workers in 2012 in Marikana.
This was revealed in a presentation by the police’s watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), to Parliament last week after it had combed through evidence in a complex investigation that covered several crime scenes where police had shot the workers, including one death that took place at Andrew Saffy Memorial Hospital. The investigation encompassed the crime scenes where 10 other people, including two police officers, were killed in the week preceding the massacre in August 2012. The identified officers also include former North West commissioner Lieutenant General Zukiswa Mbombo, Brigadier Ledile Malahlela, and North West deputy police commissioners Major General Ganasen Naidoo and Major General William Mpembe. The charges will range from murder, assault and defeating the ends of justice to perjury.
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