Mthethwa due at Marikana commission

The former minister of police will speak about what led to the killing of 34 miners in 2012.

FILE: The former minister of police Nathi Nthethwa. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa will today appear at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the Marikana tragedy where is expected to shed more light on whether he played any role in the events.

A total of 34 Lonmin miners died on 16 of August 2012 while another 10 bodies were found in the days leading to the police shooting.

The inquiry has until the end of September to establish what led to the deaths.

Emails sent between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (then a member of the board at Lonmin) and Lonmin's chief commercial officer are expected to be discussed the week as Mthethwa's name is mentioned several times

A day before the shooting, Ramaphosa insisted that the violent protests be addressed with concomitant action.

In his email to mine management, he referred to the protest as being a criminal act, which Mthethwa was aware of.

Mthethwa, who is now minister of arts and culture, is also expected to be grilled about what instructions he gave to the national and provincial police commissioners before the tragedy to bring the strike to an end.

Ramaphosa is expected to testify at the commission before the end of the month.