Minister gave police a ‘licence to kill’ at Marikana in 2012

Minister gave police a ‘licence to kill’ at Marikana in 2012
Former mineral resources minister Susan Shabangu. Image by: Times Media / Avusa

Former mineral resources minister Susan Shabangu gave police a “licence to kill” at Marikana in August 2012, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry heard on Tuesday.

Dali Mpofu, for Lonmin miners wounded and arrested during the unrest at Lonmin’s platinum mining operations at Marikana, near Rustenburg in the North West, referred Shabangu to a statement she made in April 2008.

At the time, she was deputy police minister.

“You must kill the bastards if they threaten you or the community. You must not worry about the regulations. That is my responsibility. Your responsibility is to serve and protect,” Mpofu said read from her statement.

“I want to assure the police station commissioners and policemen and women from these areas that they have permission to kill these criminals.

“I won’t tolerate any pathetic excuses for you not being able to deal with crime. You have been given guns, now use them.

“I want no warning shots. You have one shot and it must be a kill shot,” Mpofu read.

At the time Shabangu was addressing residents of Danville, Pretoria West, Lotus Gardens, Hercules, and Elandspoort. She complained about the “pathetic excuses” given by police unable or unwilling to deal with crime…

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