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Transformation task team launched to consider Farlam Commission’s findings

Tomorrow marks the fourth anniversary of the Marikana shootings which left 34 miners dead.

Crosses on the koppie in Marikana, where 34 miners were killed in a standoff with police on 16 August 2012. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

PRETORIA - The police ministry has launched a transformation task team to consider the findings of the Farlam Commission and implement changes to ensure the South African Police Service (Saps) better executes its mandate according to the Constitution.

Tomorrow marks the fourth anniversary of the Marikana shootings, which left 34 miners dead in the North West.

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry recommended that police look into its Public Order Policing Unit and its ability to properly deal with demonstrations.

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko says the transformation task team is being led by the Farlam Commission's findings.

"At issue, they are amongst many other matters that were dealt with was the question of the deployment of legal weapons and the issue of communication amongst many things. The commission specifically identified some of those issues."

He says the team will also look at standing orders as well as command and control issues.

"How do we then go about dealing with those particular areas that were pointed out as defect, how do we ensure that in public order situations we are well equipped?"

The task team is scheduled to report to the minister once a month.