Marikana report: ISS calls for revitalisation of SA Police Service

The report found that the police’s operational plan was ‘defective’ and criticised the officers’ conduct.

FILE: Police opened fire at protesting workers at the Lonmin mine in Marikana, North West on 16 August, 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has called for a full revitalisation of the South African Police Service (Saps).

It's made the call exactly a week after the release of the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's report into the Marikana massacre in 2012.

The report found that the police's operational plan was defective and criticised the officers' conduct on the day that 34 miners were shot and killed.

It also recommends that National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega be investigated in terms of their fitness to hold office.

The institute's Gareth Newham says it goes beyond replacing these commissioners.

"We really need to do a fundamental revitalisation of the senior echelons. This is completely in line with the recommendations of the National Development Plan. Not only must a national commissioner must be appointed on the advice of an independent panel but too many people have been pointed to the ranks of lieutenant general, major general and brigadier who simply do not have the required expertise."

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Meanwhile, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says his party will do everything possible to expose what he calls the " murderous regime of the [African National Congress] ANC" which killed 34 Marikana miners in 2012, even if it comes to 'private prosecutions'.

The red berets will tomorrow lay charges of conspiracy to murder against Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, police top brass and Lonmin directors.

The Farlam Inquiry's report, released last week, exonerated the executive after investigating the violence on the platinum belt.

Malema says if the National Director of Public Prosecution doesn't consider the party's request to open a case against politicians and police bosses, they will make sure they succeed through private prosecution.

"If you've never seen a successful private prosecution, you're going to see it with the EFF."

He says as much as they don't trust the police or the National Prosecuting Authority, because of President Jacob Zuma's political influence; they have no other option right now.

"It's very unfortunate that we now have to opt for luck because state institutions are unreliable."

Malema says although he believes Zuma undermines the judicial system, the EFF won't allow politicians to get away with the murder of miners.

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Last month concerns were raised about the shortfalls of the report with Marikana miners saying the underlying causes of the violence in 2012 weren't adequately investigated.

Those who've been part of the commission have pointed out some discrepancies in Zuma's address to the nation and the actual report.

Many believed the executives should be held accountable for the massacre.

Advocate Dali Mpofu, who represents the miners, said the report failed them in many ways.

"The commission fell far too short of what they had hoped for; some of them went as far as saying they had wasted their time for two years. They left their homes and their homes were broken into two because they pinned their hopes on the commission."

At the same time Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane said Parliament should debate how much compensation would be given to the Marikana miners who survived and the families of those who lost their lives.

Maimane visited the wife of security guard, Frans Mabelane, who was brutally killed and burnt in the days before the massacre.

The DA leader said the family's living conditions hadn't improved and state support was necessary.

"We'll table the Private Member's Bill to the Ministry of Finance and let the ministry then be able to table it. It must be actuarially determined so that we can get the right amounts on the table. The social conditions that persist prior to Marikana are still evident today."

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To read the full Marikana report, click here.

To read the highlights from the president's report click here.