JOHANNESBURG: The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) has demanded an arrest of all government officials who were involved in a mass shooting at Marikana where 34 mine workers were gun down during an unprotected strike over salary increment.
SAFTU seeks an instant arrest against officials who were linked to the mass killing in Marikana. The labour federation movement said they must face the full might of law and be charged with murder
This includes former National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega, former Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, former Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa were amongst those who are alleged to be implicated.
This comes after a testimony was given to City Press by police officers who were among those at Marikana shooting.
SAFTU says the testimony given by the officer confirms that the killing of 34 mineworkers was planned and approved by police.
“We were instructed to finish them off. I don’t know why, but it was a command, and we were trained to obey commands and not ask questions,” said one police officer.
The federation added that an apology given by Ramaphosa is not enough saying he is as guilty as those who under pressure since he had been the key role player.
The Farlam Commission of Inquiry, headed by Judge Ian Farlam found that just days after the massacre, Phiyega, and Mthethwa and Brigadier Adriaan Calitz heaped praise on the police.
“These comments were inappropriate and were made with the intention of encouraging the police to protect each other close ranks by denying mistakes, withholding information from the commission and lying,” the commission found. Only the shootings at Scene 1 were reported to the public. The shootings at Scene 2 were covered up,” adds the police officer.
SAFTU demands that the Commission of Inquiry be reconvened to hear this evidence from these new witnesses and, we hope, from others who will now be prepared to come forward.