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IPID probes Lonmin miners' torture claims

The Police Ministry awaits a report on the allegations that Lonmin miners are tortured in holding cells.

Protesters await instruction from their leaders, at Lonmin's Marikana mine. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

MARIKANA - The Police Ministry on Sunday said a decision was yet to be taken on who will supervise more than 250 miners arrested during a violent strike at Lonmin's Marikana mine on the North West.

The ministry said it is awaiting a full report from the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) which is probing allegations of torture made by the miners. 

Thirty-four miners and 78 others injured when police opened fire on the protesting workers last week Thursday at the Marikana mine. 

More than 250 people were arrested following the clash.

Police Ministry’s spokesperson Zweli Mnisi dismissed reports that they requested the Department of Correctional Services to supervise facilities where the miners are being held following the torture allegations. 

Mnisi said they are waiting for a report from the IPID which will also recommend the steps that should be taken against the officers if the allegations are factual.

“The report will have clear recommendations on how to deal with the allegations.”

Meanwhile, IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini said they will brief the media on Monday on the progress of the investigation.

The miners told the inter-ministerial committee that is probing the Marikana shooting, that they were beaten by police. 

The miners are held in different holding cells across the North West where they are waiting to appear at the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate’s Court on Monday on various charges, including murder. 

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)

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