Former North West top cop back in court for Marikana murder trial

By Molaole Montsho 21m in the past

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RUSTENBURG – The trial in opposition to former North West deputy police commissioner, Major-General William Mpembe and 5 different policemen resumed on the North West High Court in Mmabatho on Monday, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) stated.

They are dealing with costs of murder dedicated in Marikana close to Rustenburg on August 13 2012 throughout a wage strike by Lonmin mine employees.

They have been arrested on March 15 in 2018 after an investigation by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid).

Mpembe is accused of the murder of mineworkers Semi Jokanisi, Tembelakhe Mati, Warrant Officer Hendrik Tsietsi Monene, and Warrant Officer Sello Ronnie Lepaauku.

He can also be accused of the tried murder of Zolile Honxo, Zwelitsha Mtshenwa, Muziwanele Mxinwa, Mzoxolo Zukulu, Sibongiseni Miya on August 13, 2012 in Marikana.

The incident occurred three days earlier than 34 mineworkers have been killed by the South African police at a koppie (small hill) in Nkaneng casual settlement.

Lonmin employees waged a strike demanding to be paid a minimal of R12,500 per 30 days, the employees led by rock drill operators rejected to be represented by commerce unions and elected a committee to symbolize them.

The former policeman is charged alongside retired Colonel Salmon Johannes Vermaak, along with Constable Nkosana Mguye, Warrant Officer Masilo Mogale, Warrant Officer Katlego Joseph Sekgweleya, and Khazamola Phillip Makhubela, who’re accused of the murder of Pumzile Sokhanyile.

Mpembe faces different costs of defeating the ends of justice, contravention of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate Act in addition to contravention of the Commission Act.

NPA spokesperson in North West, Henry Mamothame, has stated a number of key witnesses have already testified in the matter earlier than the excessive court in October 2020.

“The court went to recess following the defence team cross-examining Colonel Joseph Merafe, Unit Commander in the Public Order Policing in Rustenburg.

“The case is ready to proceed till Friday, July 30, and the state is predicted to name on extra witnesses throughout the course of the trial,” he stated in an announcement.

– African News Agency

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