Farlam inquiry gets heated again

Dali Mpofu referred to Susan Shabangu's controversial "shoot to kill" statement.

Former Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - There's been another heated exchange at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, where Advocate Dali Mpofu has referred to comments made by Minister of Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu when she was Deputy Safety and Security Minister.

The former mineral resources minister is testifying about the role she played during the violent strike at the North West Platinum Mine in August 2012.

President Jacob Zuma appointed the inquiry to investigate whether police were justified in using lethal force.

Ten people were also killed in the days leading to the shooting including a mineworker, strikers, two Lonmin security guards and two policemen.

Mpofu, who is representing the miners, claimed Shabangu characterised the strike in Marikana as criminal only after a discussion with then Lonmin shareholder Cyril Ramaphosa.

Mpofu referred to Shabangu's "shoot to kill" comments made in 2008.

"You must kill the bastards if they threaten you or the community, you have one shot and it must be a kill shot, you said that," Mpofu accused.

"Mr chairman, Mr Mpofu is very pathetic," Shabangu responded.

She said she had made up her own mind about how she viewed the situation and denied that Ramaphosa had any influence over her.

Shabangu said she intended to raise the issue of violence with the minister of police and the president but didn't have the opportunity to do so.

She has wrapped up her testimony, insisting she had no influence on the police action.


Ramaphosa spent two days testifying at the inquiry earlier this month, answering questions about his involvement in the days leading up to the shooting.

Mpofu accused Ramaphosa of not doing enough to stop the violence because he was more interested in financial gain for the company.

The deputy president was also heckled by a group of angry miners, who accused him of having blood on his hands.

"You killed them! This man killed the people of Marikana! He is a sell out for profit!"

Ramaphosa said he deeply regrets the deaths at Marikana but said it's a collective responsibility.

Mpofu said the deputy president must be charged with murder, along with former police minister Nathi Mthethwa.