MARIKANA COMMISSION POSTPONE HEARINGS TO FURTHER EXAMINE SAPS MATERIAL
Over the past ten days the evidence leaders have obtained access to the computer hard drives of members of the South African Police Services (SAPS), and have obtained copies of SAPS documents, to which we have not had access before. We are still examining the new material which we have obtained, which runs into thousands of pages. As we speak, the technical people are continuing the painstaking and slow task of identifying and copying the further SAPS hard drive material of which we will be given copies.
The examinations which we have undertaken thus far have revealed the following.
First, we have obtained documents which the SAPS previously said were not in existence.
Second, we have obtained documents which in our opinion ought to have been previously disclosed by the SAPS, but were not so disclosed.
Third, we have obtained documents which give the impression that they are contemporaneous documents, but which appear in fact to have been constructed after the events to which they refer, in some instances at the time of the nine-day Potchefstroom meeting at which members of the SAPS prepared the case which they were to present to this Commission.