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sapsCity Press reports that Constable Itumeleng Ntsileng from the police’s K9 Unit and two of his fellow officers have related how on 16 August 2012 at least one of their colleagues and others from the police’s special task force shot striking Marikana mine workers who had surrendered and were begging for their lives.  

Ntsileng and his partners were positioned at Scene 2, where officers pursued and killed the workers minutes after their colleagues gunned down workers at the koppie, which was later referred to as Scene 1 during the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.  He recalled how a special task force officer killed a mine worker who had been hiding behind some rocks.  “The mine worker begged the officer not to kill him.  He called out to the officer, saying: ‘Ungangibulali baba, ungangibulali baba [Don’t kill me sir, don’t kill me].’  But he was shot at close range with an R5 rifle while cowering behind the rock, begging for his life.  There was no need for that guy to die like that,” sobbed Ntsileng.  It has been six years since the Marikana massacre, during which 34 mine workers died and 112 were injured in a single day.  Ntsileng, who is involved in a labour dispute with his bosses at the police bargaining council, has decided to speak out because he wants the truth to be known.  He and two of his former colleagues have yet to be interviewed by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid).  

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry’s report found no evidence that anyone was killed or injured at Marikana by officers attached to the special task force.

Read this report by Vicky Abraham in full at News24

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