MARIKANA MASSACRE: THE TRUTH IS COMING OUT
The justification given by SAPS, that they opened fire on mineworkers at the first killing scene on 16th August 2012 because they were under attack, has been blown out of the water.
This follows discovery of a SAPs hard drive containing documents that SAPS deliberately concealed from the Farlam Commission of Inquiry.
This week new footage released by the Marikana Support Campaign showed mineworkers peacefully leaving the koppie on the 16th and attempting to make their way back to the informal settlement, Nkaneng. The footage shows police cocking their guns in readiness to shoot. The evidence shows the police were not under attack.
According to SAPS testimony, the miners attempted to charge the police line three times. In the process, the miners damaged a police vehicle with their weapons, denting and scratching it. Footage shown at the commission this week also revealed that this same nyala was already scratched and dented the day before.
That morning, four mortuary vans were ordered. An affidavit from a mortuary worker states he was told by a policeman, " Today we're going to take the miners down." Each mortuary van takes up to eight bodies. That makes 32. Where did this order come from?