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‘Police must be held accountable for Marikana massacre’

Amnesty International says the legal process around the events leading to the shootings has been slow.

FILE: A screengrab of cellphone footage taken from the Marikana massacre.

JOHANNESBURG - Amnesty International has called on all members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) implicated in the killings of 34 miners in Marikana to be held accountable.

The rights group released its annual report in Houghton yesterday in which it found that police brutality remained a serious problem in the country.

It said the legal process around the events leading to the massacre had been painfully slow, with only former National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega being suspended pending her inquiry.

The organisation's Sicel'mpilo Shange-Buthane says, "We remain concerned that it is only her that has been suspended. We're calling for the suspension of all the SAPS officials who were directly involved in the killings at Marikana."