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South Africa Marikana Massacre Defense Blames Victims

teleSUR | November 13, 2014

The defense team of the South African police who dispersed a demonstration by killing 34 miners on August 16, 2012, said on Thursday that the surviving demonstrators should be charged with treason.

The Marikana Massacre happened after the Lonmin mine workers started a strike to demand better wages.

Prior to the massacre, two police were killed by the miners during clashes outside the Lonmin compound; however, the legal representatives of the miners union asserts that the police were killed by one or two workers and that not everybody was violent or even armed at the time.

Ishmael Semenya, who is representing the South African Police Service (SAPS), says that the miners were planning to attack the police, a state organ, so they should be charged with treason.

However, lawyer Dali Mpofu, who represents the miners, said that the tension was caused by the police, who failed to advise the demonstrators that they were planning to disperse the rally.

Police assert that the miners, some of whom were armed with spears and sticks, tried to kill them; however, the union legal advisers assert that the police reactions were a result of the anger of their two colleagues’ death.

Mpofu also said that the police acted on political considerations and rushed to end the strike, fearing Julius Malema, a controversial politician who is popular among the poorer sectors of the population, could interfere and worsen the situation.

Malema said he was with the workers and urged them to maintain their strike. He has served in different public positions with the African National Congress party administration, but he was expelled from the party on 2012 over a hate speech accusation.

Now he is commander-in-chief of his new party, the Economic Freedom Fighters.

Both sides’ arguments were submitted this week, marking the final phase of the investigation being carried out by the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, which was ordered by President Jacob Zuma.

November 14, 2014 - Posted by | Solidarity and Activism, Subjugation - Torture | ,

1 Comment »

  1. HA! HA! HA! Africans are plunging the knife deeper into theirs while turning it. All in the name of the settler class vitamins. The Palestinians pay with their lives for a distorted history, which memory keeps alive. Is it any wonder that no one values the lives of Africans when they dont value their own. That settler class needs its vitamins by whatever means necessary. HA! HA! HA!

    Comment by Ribeekah | November 14, 2014 | Reply


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