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gavel thumb100 ANA reports that the North West High Court heard on Monday that a police officer alerted former North West deputy police commissioner Major-General William Mpembe to the fact that there was a dying mineworker in the back of his official vehicle during the Marikana massacre.  

Constable Dimakatso Mafate told the court:  “When I was reversing I heard a knock from the back of the truck and people shouting in isiXhosa that a person was dying.  I parked the truck and opened the door.  I saw a man lying down dressed in a chequered jacket.  I then went to inform General Mpembe that a person was dying in the truck.  He took my details, including my force number, saying he was going to make a report.”  Mafate was testifying in the trial involving Mpembe, Gideon van Zyl, Dingaan Madoda and Oupa Pule.  The four are facing charges of contravening the Commission Act, contravening the Independent Police Investigative Directorate Act, and defeating the ends of justice.  The State charges that they concealed the circumstance of the death in police custody of Modisaotsile van Wyk Sagalala after the police opened fire on striking Lonmin mineworkers on 16 August 2012.

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