By Thys Khiba
Mahikeng – The former deputy police commissioner in the North West province, William Mpembe and five police officers are appearing in the provincial High Court in Mahikeng this morning, on charges of murder.
This is linked to the death of three mineworkers and two police officials days before the Marikana Massacre in 2012.
Mpembe, who has recently been acquitted with three other senior police officers on all three charges relating, in a different court case, was the overall commander of police’s operations on 13 August 2012.
Mpembe, Salmon Vermaak, Nkosana Mguye, Collin Mogale, Katlego Sekgweleya, and Khazamola Makhubela are accused of murder, attempted murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.
On the 13th of August 2012 a group of mineworkers protested from Wonderkop to Karee shaft where it is reported that they wanted to stop workers from going to work. On the same incident, mine workers returning to Wonderkop, met with at least 70 police officers.
It is alleged that Mpembe instructed mineworkers to hand over their weapons and turn back. They allegedly refused and stun grenades were fired.
During the alleged disagreements that police officers and mine workers had, two workers, namely Thembelakhe Mati and Semi Jokanisi and two police officials, known as Hendrick Money and Sello Lepaaku were killed.
Five police officials are facing charges of the murder of Phumzile Sokhanyile.
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