‘Cops intentionally fired on Marikana miners’

The Marikana support committee has video footage which shows police intentionally shot at miners.

FILE: Police closely monitor tensions in Marikana in the North West Province on 14 August 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Marikana support committee says it has found additional footage, which suggests that police may have intentionally opened fire at miners last August.

Thirty-four miners were gunned down at the hands of police during a violent protest at the North West platinum mine.

A commission of inquiry has been appointed to investigate and evidence presented so far implies that the police's original plan of action went wrong and that the shooting may have been intentional.

The committee's Rehad Desai says, "I found footage which shows the miners leaving. It shows, well before the miners reaching them, policemen drew and cocked their pistols. Some of the cocking you can hear."