gavel thumb100 ANA reports that the seventh anniversary of the Marikana massacre commemoration will see high court appearances of both policemen and mineworkers.  

Former North West deputy commissioner William Mpembe, and three other police officers are this week on trial at the North West High Court.  They are facing charges of contravening the Commissions Act, contravening the Independent Police Investigative Directorate Act and defeating the ends of justice.  They were arrested in March 2018 after an investigation found that mineworker Modisaotsile van Wyk Sagalala died in police custody and not in hospital or at the scene when the police shot dead 34 mineworkers on 16 August 2012 in Marikana.  The state charges that they concealed the circumstances surrounding Sagalala's death.  Mpembe faces another case in which he is accused together with five others of the murder of Semi Jokanisi, Tembelakhe Mati, Warrant Officer Hendrik Tsietsi Hendrik Monene, and Warrant Officer Sello Ronnie Lepaauku.  They are expected to stand trial in April next year.  A group of mineworkers is also due to appear in the high court in October facing charges related to the murder of 10 people preceding 16 August 2012.  The state alleges the group killed two policemen, two Lonmin security officers and three non-striking workers, amongst other victims during the violence preceding the massacre.  The seventh anniversary of the Marikana massacre will take place on Friday at the infamous Nkaneng koppie.

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