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Saps remain mum about Marikana cover up

Saps remain silent on HRC allegations that officers are covering up accounts at Marikana.

Police officers in Marikana. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Police Service (Saps) said on Saturday it will not comment on allegations by the Human Rights Commission (HRC) that officers are covering up accounts of the Marikana shooting, where striking miners were shot and killed, in the interest of the on-going probe by the Farlam commission of inquiry.

Ten people including two police officers and two security guards were also killed near the Lonmin mine in the week preceding the shooting in August last year.

The cross examination of National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega is expected to continue on Monday following her testimony that she stands by her statement that the police acted in self-defence.

The HRC's Bonita Meyersfeld said the response from the Saps is disappointing.

"I think that the public must interrogate it. The public must demand an answer, we are too used to our institutions not being held to account."