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Marikana Inquiry: Nhleko inaugurates a panel of experts

The local and international experts will revise and amend all prescripts relevant to Public Order Policing.

FILE: Police Minister Nathi Nhleko. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNEBSURG - Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has formally inducted a panel of experts as recommended by the Farlam Commission.

The panel of local and international experts will revise and amend all prescripts relevant to Public Order Policing.

It comes after the Marikana massacre in 2012 when a total of 44 people were killed during a violent unprotected strike.

The police minister has established a panel of experts with extensive experience in Public Order Policing.

The experts, who've dealt with crowds armed with sharp weapons and firearms, will investigate some of the world's best practices when dealing with protesters.

This was one of the recommendations made by the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, which released its findings last year after investigating the incidents which led to the Marikana mass shooting.

Nhleko says this panel is a step forward for policing.

"We've always said that South Africa and the South African Police Service will indeed learn out of the lessons learnt out of the Marikana incidents that took place."

Experts from China, Brazil, Russia and Italy will contribute to this review.