Police chief Phiyega applauds Marikana commemoration

"In the spirit of healing and reconciliation, all parties present behaved in a manner indicative of the respect being paid to all those who passed away over this period in 2012," Phiyega said in a statement on Friday.

She said police had been conducting operations in the area since Monday with a view to remove dangerous weapons from circulation and establish a stable and peaceful environment.

"From the early hours of this morning, police maintained a highly visible but low-key presence throughout the day," she said.

She attributed the day's success to the functioning of the Mine Crime Combating Forum (MCCF) which was launched on Wednesday.

Together with police, the mines and the union ensured that dangerous weapons were not carried during the commemoration service.

"The 14 mines belonging to the North West MCCF monitored buses leaving the hostels and informed the police when dangerous weapons were observed," said Phiyega.

Police then searched the buses and removed the weapons.

Organisers of the event had signed conditions of agreement and, when shown people carrying traditional weapons on the koppie contrary to the conditions, Bishop Sakhumzi Qiqimana appealed for them to be surrendered.

"The SA Police Service would like to thank all persons and groups involved in arranging, co-ordinating and attending this commemoration for the calm and mature manner in which the event was conducted.

"We were all well aware of the sensitivity of the occasion and the emotional state of many of the attendees," Phiyega said. – Sapa


These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever. But it comes at a cost. Advertisers are cancelling campaigns, and our live events have come to an abrupt halt. Our income has been slashed.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years. We’ve survived thanks to the support of our readers, we will need you to help us get through this.

To help us ensure another 35 future years of fiercely independent journalism, please subscribe.

Sapa
Guest Author
Advertising

Two dead in new ANC KwaZulu-Natal killings

A Mtubatuba councillor and a Hammarsdale ANC Youth League leader were shot yesterday near their homes

Inside Facebook’s big bet on Africa

New undersea cables will massively increase bandwidth to the continent

No back to school for teachers just yet

Last week the basic education minister was adamant that teachers will return to school on May 25, but some provinces say not all Covid-19 measures are in place to prevent its spread

Engineering slips out of gear at varsity

Walter Sisulu University wants to reprioritise R178-million that it stands to give back to treasury after failing to spend it
Advertising

Press Releases

Coexisting with Covid-19: Saving lives and the economy in India

A staggered exit from the lockdown accompanied by stepped-up testing to cover every district is necessary for India right now

What Africa can learn from Cuba in combating the Covid-19 pandemic

Africa should abandon the neoliberal path to be able to deal with Covid-19 and other health system challenges likely to emerge in future

Road to recovery for the tourism sector: The South African perspective

The best-case scenario is that South Africa's tourism sector’s recovery will only begin in earnest towards the end of this year

Covid-19: Eased lockdown and rule of law Webinar

If you are arrested and fined in lockdown, you do get a criminal record if you pay the admission of guilt fine

Covid-19 and Frontline Workers

Who is caring for the healthcare workers? 'Working together is how we are going to get through this. It’s not just a marathon, it’s a relay'.

PPS webinar Part 2: Small business, big risk

The risks that businesses face and how they can be dealt with are something all business owners should be well acquainted with

Call for applications for the position of GCRO executive director

The Gauteng City-Region Observatory is seeking to appoint a high-calibre researcher and manager to be the executive director and to lead it

DriveRisk stays safe with high-tech thermal camera solution

Itec Evolve installed the screening device within a few days to help the driver behaviour company become compliant with health and safety regulations