SAPS Leadership Negative Influenced Public Safety

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says simply replacing Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega, because of Marikana will not be enough.

ISS’ Gareth Newham, will lay out “the steps that need to be taken to undo three years’ worth of damage due to profound mismanagement”.

An ISS briefing will reflect on the findings of Judge Ian Farlam’s report into the circumstances around the killing of 44 people at the Lonmin mine in August 2012 and “What they mean for the future of the policing in South Africa.”

Lonmin Accuses NGOs of Exploiting Plight of Miners

Platinum producer, Lonmin, has questioned some aspects of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) handing over food to families of striking mineworkers on the platinum belt, while praising the human rights initiative itself.
Lonmin chief executive officer, Ben Magara, says the NGOs are exploiting the plight of the 80 000  mineworkers, who have been on strike since January on a no-work no-pay basis.
The Marikana Support Group, humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers and other groups have been supplying food relief to the miners since early this week.

CASAC: Credibility of Farlam Commission on the Line

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) has warned that the credibility of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry will be tainted if all parties are not represented or given adequate chance to present their case.

CASAC’s Lawson Naidoo says that government instituted the commission to find out what occurred last year at the Lonmin Marikana mine, which left mineworkers and policemen dead, adding that, "In order to enable Judge Farlam to execute his mandate, the responsibility lies with the government to make the funds available."

Cry, the Beloved Country; Cry, the Beloved Federation

As the anniversary of the Marikana massacre dawns, this week has also seen the anniversary of one of the watershed moments in the resistance movement during the 1980s – also led by the workers. One can only hope that this latest watershed can be managed by extraordinary leadership that can guide us to much-needed development in our country, without further bloodshed.

Two events, separated by two-and-a-half decades, define our journey to democracy.

Delays in Marikana Hearings A Concern

The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) lawyers expressed concern about the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's repeated postponements.

In a press statement, LRC’s George Bizos, point out that, "We, the LRC, are concerned about maintaining public confidence in the effectiveness and credibility of the [inquiry], which could be seriously eroded by repeated postponements."

Bizos states that the LRC supports the call by Dali Mpofu, for the miners arrested and wounded during last year's unrest at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana, North West, to get State funding.

Bizos Slams Phiyega at Farlam Commission

Rights lawyer, George Bizos, says the national police commissioner, Riah Phiyega, is not helpful to the Farlam Commission of Inquiry.

Bizos, who is representing the Legal Resources Centre and Bench Marks Foundation, says that he will submit to the commission that Phiyega had failed to provide the relevant answers.

He accuses Phiyega of protecting police who shot dead 34 protesting miners in a wage strike on 16 August 2012, adding that, "Not only have you come here without answers, but you've come here to avoid personal accountability."

Statement by LRC on Marikana

The LRC has been instructed to represent the South African Human Rights Commission and some individual victims and families of victims in the proceedings of the Commission of Inquiry appointed by President Zuma.

The LRC believes that the SAHRC is uniquely placed to provide valuable assistance to the Commission, given its experience in promoting accountability for use of public power, including policing powers and advancing the rights contained in the Bill of Rights.

The Marikana Mine Worker's Massacre – a Massive Escalation in the War on the Poor

It is now two days after the brutal, heartless and merciless cold blood bath of 45 Marikana mine workers by the South African Police Services. This was a massacre!

South Africa is the most unequal country in the world. The amount of poverty is excessive. In every township there are shacks with no sanitation and electricity. Unemployment is hovering around 40 percent. Economic inequality is matched with political inequality. Everywhere activists are facing serious repression from the police and from local party structures.

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