Nhleko: Public order policing needs urgent review

The Marikana commission found public order policing measures were completely inadequate.

FILE: Nathi Nhleko. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko says he regards the need to establish a panel of experts to review public order policing in the country as a "very urgent matter".

It is one of the recommendations of the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the 2012 Marikana tragedy in which 34 mine workers were killed by police.

The commission recommended a full investigation to ascertain "criminal liability" on the part of the South African Police Service members involved in the shooting.

Nhleko was briefing Parliament's portfolio committee on police on his department's plans to implement the commission's recommendations.

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The commission found public order policing measures were completely inadequate to deal with crowds armed with weapons and firearms in Marikana.

The commission recommended a panel of experts review the unit's methods, taking into consideration international best practice.

Nhleko has told MPs this was an urgent matter, but he has been unable to provide a clear time line.

"I am running one-on-one kind of engagements, at a local level with people that potentially would form part of this particular panel."

Nhleko says the panel will be led by a retired judge, to be appointed by the president.

The panel will have a year to complete its work, and an additional three months to compile a report.


Meanwhile, when asked whether Phiyega would be suspended, he said the president must decide.

"The national commissioner has not been suspended and any decision regarding the national commissioner lies with the president. And I think it's important to understand that process in particular, because that process is governed by the South African Police Service's Act of 1995."