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gavel thumb100 ANA writes that rights' groups with interests in the 2012 Marikana massacre continue to ask why it took seven years to bring the police officers accused of killing mineworkers before the courts.  

The Socio Economic Rights Institutions (SERI) and Right to Know (R2K) made the statements on Monday during a protest at the Mankwe Magistrate's Court as former North West deputy police commissioner, major-general William Mpembe, appeared.  Mpembe has been charged - along with three others - of contravening the Commission Act, the Ipid Act and defeating the ends of justice by lying about the death of 60-year-old mineworker Modisaotsile van Wyk Sagalala at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry.  R2K's national outreach organiser, Bongani Xezwa, commented that justice had to be served for the people of Marikana to find closure.  "We've been watching and it has taken so long.  We have heard from the court that the Independent Police Investigation Directorate was stopped from doing investigations for some time.  Someone by now needs to see that we have justice that needs to serve people," he said.  SERI's Nomzamo Zondo said the organisation was intent on seeing that justice prevailed.  She stated that the families wanted to see criminal accountability for the deaths of their family members.

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