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‘Police should have held a review’

Adv. Dumisa Ntsebeza says police should have conducted a review after the Marikana shooting.

Ian Farlam listens to comments made on day one of the Farlam Commission into the Marikana shooting. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

RUSTENBURG - Legal teams representing the families of the Marikana victims on Monday said police should have conducted an internal review shortly after the August shooting.

Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza said police should have held a review to scrutinise the behaviour of officers in Marikana.

At least 34 people were killed and 78 others injured when officers opened fire on striking miners in the North West town.

President Jacob Zuma then set up the Farlam Commission of Inquiry to determine the events leading up to the deadly shooting.

On Monday, Brigadier Zephaniah Mkhwanazi was cross-examined about a meeting held in Potchefstroom shortly after the bloody shooting.

The officer said he was not aware of any evidence being left out deliberately or destroyed, as Ntsebeza had suggested.

Mkhwanazi also said a review did not take place because the commission was already established.

The inquiry is investigating the lawfulness of the police's conduct at the platinum mine on the day in question.

'POLICE WERE TOO QUICK TO ACT'

Ntsebeza said police were too quick to open fire when they had a choice to use less lethal force, like water cannons.

He then suggested that the police's operational plan failed.

Many police units were deployed to the scene to disperse the miners and their first objective should have been crowd control, the Ntsebeza said.

"The idea would have been [to use] water cannons, pepper spray or teargas."

The advocate also implied that certain evidence could have been destroyed because a public order policing commander was not in charge.