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gavel thumb100 ANA reports that former North West deputy police commissioner Maj-Gen William Mpembe and eight other policemen were due to appear in the North West High Court in Mogwase on Monday.  

The charges relate to the deaths of mineworkers and others at Lonmin’s Marikana mining operations during a violent strike in August 2012.  Mpembe is now head of security at a mining house in Marikana.  He is accused of the murders of Semi Jokanisi, Tembelakhe Mati and Warrant Officers Tsietsi Monene and Sello Lepaauku.  Mpembe also faces other charges, including defeating the ends of justice, contravention of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) Act and contravention of the Commissions Act.  Other accused include retired Colonel Salmon Johannes Vermaak, who additionally faces charges of defeating the ends of justice and contravention of the Commissions Act.  Three others, Gideon van Zyl, Dingaan Madoda, and Oupa Pule, are accused of defeating the ends of justice and contravention of the Ipid Act for not disclosing that a mineworker died in custody while being transported to Lonmin’s premises on 16 August 2012.  Thirty-four people, mostly mineworkers, were shot dead by police on 16 August at Marikana.  In the preceding week, 10 other people, including two policemen and two Lonmin security officers, were killed in the strike violence.


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