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Marikana cops 'ordered to act': testimony at Farlam Commission

saps thumb100 The police officers who took part in the Marikana dispersal plan were ordered to act, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry heard on Thursday. The commission is investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of 44 people in strike-related violence at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana in August last year. Dali Mpofu, for the arrested and injured miners, said a police official identified as Cornelius Botes said he heard Brigadier Adriaan Calitz issue the order. According to a statement by Botes, Calitz said: "Engage, engage, engage" over the police radio.


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