Mthethwa: I signed off on Marikana shooting

The former minister of police has told the Marikana inquiry that he approved all actions.

FILE:The former minister of police has told the Marikana inquiry that he approved all actions. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Former minister of police Nathi Mthethwa has told the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the Marikana tragedy that all police action was signed off by him.

Mthethwa is testifying this week about the role he played in the 2012 shooting at Lonmin's platinum mine.

On 16 August 2012, 34 people died while another 10 bodies were found in the days leading up to the incident.

This morning, Mthethwa told the commission he approved all police action aimed at quelling the violent protest and was responsible for guiding and formulating policy.

Emails sent between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, then a member of the Lonmin board, and Lonmin's leadership are expected to be discussed this week as Mthethwa's name was mentioned several times.

But most questions put to the former minister of police will be focused on the instructions he gave to the national and provincial police commissioners before the tragedy.

Mthethwa is now minister of arts and culture.

Photographs taken at the scene of the shooting on 16 August 2012 by: EWN.