CentralSAMarikana trial resumes after delay
─── LUCKY NKUYANE 06:04 Thu, 14 Jan 2021
Former North West deputy police commissioner William Membe will on Thursday avail himself and virtually take part in the resumption of the Marikana murder trial in the North West High Court.
This comes after his unavailability on Wednesday, after claiming ill health, forced the proceedings to be halted and postponed.
The state and the defence counsels are set to make their closing arguments in the matter were Mpembe and three senior police officials stand accused.
They allegedly concealed information on circumstances surrounding the death of a miner, Modisaotsile Sagalala.
Mpembe and his co-accused are also charged with defeating the ends of justice, following the 2012 mass killing of striking Lonmin miners in Marikana.
Sagalala allegedly died after suffering a gunshot wound to the chest whilst miners participated in a wage strike on 16 August 2012.
Mpembe was the police’s operational commander present in Marikana, when police and mineworkers clashed near Lonmin’s Karee shaft.
Mpembe on the day had given workers an ultimatum that they should disperse and not march to the nearby Wonderkop. When they refused he ordered that teargas and stun grenades be fired.
Three mineworkers and two police officials were killed and another police official seriously injured. Mpembe is further charged with contraventions of the Commissions Act.
Three days later, 34 mineworkers were shot by police during a protest on 16 August 2012.
Ten people, including security guards and police officers, were killed in the run-up to the mass shooting.