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gavel thumb100 ANA reports that former North West deputy police commissioner William Mpembe, who is accused of several deaths in the lead-up to the Marikana massacre in 2012, and his three co-accused appeared in the North West High Court on Monday.  

The charges cover contravening the Commission Act, contravening the Independent Police Investigative Directorate Act and defeating the ends of justice.  His defense accused the state of withholding documents in that it failed to disclose that mineworker Modisaotsile van Wyk Sagalala died in police custody on the premises of the Lonmin mine on 16 August 2012.  Advocate Jan Ellis, for Mpembe, launched an application asking that the state disclose the contents of two dockets relating to the two Marikana massacre crime scenes where 34 mineworkers were killed by police during violent protest action on 16 August 2012.  Scene one was at a koppie near Nkaneng informal settlement where striking mineworkers were shot, while scene two was a small koppie about 150m away where other mineworkers were killed.  Ellis also wanted certified copies of the diaries of one police officer, the names of paramedics who had helped the injured mineworkers and the names of mortuary workers who had assisted to transport the deceased mineworkers from the scene.  But, the prosecutor said the two dockets the defence requested were not relevant to the case the accused were on trial for.  Mpembe is involved in at least two other cases before the court involving the murders of Lonmin mineworkers.

  • Read the full original of Molaole Montsho’s report on the trial at Independent News

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