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gavel thumb100 News24 reports that the trial of former North West deputy police commissioner William Mpembe and five other police officers could not resume on Monday due to the ill-health of a state witness and a defence attorney.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), this resulted in the High Court in Mahikeng postponing the matter to 26 July 2021.  Mpembe and his co-accused, retired Colonel Salmon Vermaak, Constable Nkosana Mguye and Warrant Officers Collin Mogale, Joseph Sekgwetla, and Khazamola Makhubela face charges in connection with the 13 August 2012 incident at Lonmin K3 shaft, when police clashed with striking miners resulting in five people being killed. Mineworkers Semi Jokansi, Phumzile Sokhanyile, and Thembelakhe Mati, and police officers Hendrick Monene and Sello Lepaaku were killed during the chaotic violence. The trial had been postponed to July as defence lawyers were not ready to start cross-examining state witness Lieutenant-Colonel Omphile Joseph Merafe, who had been unit's commander of Rustenburg Public Order Policing at the time. The defence lawyers had requested time to access the study material which Merafe said public order policing were guided by when trained for crowd management.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Sesona Ngqakamba at News24

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