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Cops faked Marikana inquiry evidence

Issue No. 2372

Newly revealed footage from after the Marikana mine massacre of 2012 shows Brigadier Adriaan Calitz, praising police for a perfectly executed plan. It was Calitz who had ordered the police to open fire on striking miners.

Police used a nine-day meeting at Potchefstroom in the North West province of South Africa before the inquiry began to invent stories and doctor evidence. They reversed the order of speakers in a video of Amcu union strike leaders addressing workers so that they appeared to be calling on their members to attack the police.

The shocking revelations were found stored on police hard drives and led to the Marikana massacre inquiry being adjourned for a week. The commission has put out an official statement condemning the police for giving evidence that was “not the truth”. It says the new material “runs into thousands of pages”.

The Marikana Support Campaign, which backs the victims, is putting forward three questions: Who in the police knew about the lies? What did the police lawyers know? How high in government does this cover-up go?

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