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NPA & Ipid still investigating Marikana massacre

Nathi Nhleko says Ipid and the NPA are in the process of reconstructing the Marikana crime scene.

Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko during a media briefing at the Imbizo Media Centre in Cape Town. Picture: GCIS

PRETORIA - Four years after police gunned down 34 miners at Marikana in the North West province the police ministry says the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the Independent Investigative Police Directorate (Ipid) are still investigating the matter and could initiate criminal proceedings.

This emerged at the launch of the police's transformation task team which will consider and implement the findings of the Farlam Commission of Enquiry.

The commission made serious adverse findings about how police managed the miners' strike which led to the deadly shooting.

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko says Ipid and the NPA are in the process of reconstructing the Marikana crime scene.

"That exercise will then determine what it is that needs to happen with regards to the implicated personnel on the scene on the day, and the starting point is the reconstruction of the scene itself."

Acting National Police Commission Khomotso Phahlane says the transformation task team will explore questions police management are currently grappling with.

"Is it a demilitarised organisation by virtue of having moved from the rank of general to commissioner? Is that enough? The work of the Transformation Committee is to find answers to those questions."

The team has until 2019 to complete its work.

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