Marikana Witnesses Must Receive State Protection

13 May 2013      


The IFP is deeply shocked and concerned at the recent killing of witnesses to the Farlam Commission that is currently investigating the Marikana massacre.


IFP Spokesperson on Police, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu MP, said, "This is cause for great concern and raises serious doubts about the commission ever completing its mandate. The ruthless gunning down of witnesses only adds more fuel to the fire over what really transpired at Marikana. The commission must offer protection to all witnesses as their lives are now clearly at risk, otherwise they will not come forward to testify for fear of being gunned down, and quite frankly, who can blame them?"


Ndlovu continued, "The police must immediately find the killers of witnesses, Steve Khululekile, Association of Metalworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) organizer, the Marikana sangoma, Alton 'Ndzabe' Joja, and National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) leader, Daluvuyo Bongo as well as the motives behind their killing. The apparent suicide of Lungani Mabutyana, who was also set to testify at the commission should also be investigated as it remains highly suspicious."


The commission can ill-afford this setback as the nation and the families of those who died in the Marikana massacre are waiting for answers and need closure to this tragedy.



Contact: IFP Spokesperson on Police, Mr. Velaphi Ndlovu MP, 083 625 0803


IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252