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marikanacommission thumb100 City Press writes that following its report on Sunday on explosive testimony given by three police officers who were involved in the Marikana massacre, the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) and others have called for fresh investigations.  

City Press reported that a constable from the police’s K9 unit said that two of his fellow officers and at least one of their colleagues and others from the police’s special task force shot striking mine workers in Marikana, who appeared to be non-threatening and were in fact begging for their lives.  “Saftu demands that the (Farlam) commission of inquiry be reconvened to hear this evidence from these new witnesses and, we hope, from others who will now be prepared to come forward,” the union federation said on Monday.  It called for the “immediate arrest of all those in government, Lonmin and police management who planned, organised and approved this murder”.  The Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) spokesperson on police, Zakhele Mbhele, reacted:  “The public deserves to know if new evidence from the South African Police Service members who confessed to shooting striking mineworkers in Marikana will be included in the NPA’s prosecution flowing from Ipid’s investigation.”

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