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newsSunday Independent reports that two former senior police officers acquitted on criminal charges relating to the 2012 Marikana massacre are each demanding R3 million from the SA Police Service (SAPS) and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for loss of income.

North West ex-deputy provincial commissioner responsible for operations at the time, William Mpembe, and Gideon van Zyl, formerly head of detectives in the province, want compensation for their prosecution following their arrest by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) for failing to report the death at Lonmin’s Andrew Saffie Hospital of mineworker Modisaotsile van Wyk Segalala on 16 August 2012. In March 2018, Mpembe and Van Zyl were charged alongside Brigadier Dingaan Madoda and Lieutenant-Colonel Oupa Pule with defeating the ends of justice, contravening the Ipid Act for failure to report Segalala’s death in police custody to the directorate, and as well as the Commissions Act for lying to the Marikana Commission of Inquiry under oath. However, in March 2021 they were acquitted on all three charges they faced by the North West High Court. Mpembe and Van Zyl have now told that court that the prosecution caused their right to dignity to be infringed upon, and each suffered damages including loss of income because of several court appearances to defend the indictment, the reasonable legal costs associated with their defence, and contumelia (injury, hurt, insult and indignity inflicted on a person). Each of the two ex-cops claiming R3m in damages.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Loyiso Sidimba at Sunday Independent

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