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Riah: I did not Laugh Out Loud


b_290_200_16777215_00_images_Riah_police_commisioner.jpgPolice commissioner, Riah Phiyega yesterday told the Marikana commission that she did not LOL when she was watching the video footage that happened in Marikana.

Lo ka-Phiyega uthe uxelele lekhomishini ykyba uzikhaba ngawo omane ingxelo zokuba yena angathi emdala kangaka ahleke isikizi elifana nelo lenzeka kulamgodi.

She said as an adult it would be out of her character to do something like that. The commissioner congratulated the police for doing a sterling job after the massacre at Marikana.

Ucele noxolo lomkhomishinala kwintsapho zamaxhoba okudutyulwa ngamapolisa ekumele babengabancedi. Mva nje amapolisa asuke asisxaka mlomo eMzansi.

However, the some of the families feel that the apology came a little too late. The Marikana massacre happened 7 months ago when Juju Malema was still rich.

Riah will still continue giving out her testimony in front of the commission. Some families of the victims say they won’t come to listen to her testimony though. They have had enough of her, finish and klaar.

The police last year opened fire on striking miners killing many and injuring a lot. The incident received international exposure and was condemned throughout the country. Video footages of what actually transpired at Marikana are being viewed by the commission on daily basis.

Meanwhile, Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa visited the spot where Mozambican taxi driver Mido was embarrassed by the cops. They dragged him for a sizeable distance behind their vehicle while bystanders were watching.

Luckily someone was taking footage by their cellphone and gave it to the media. This video also made international news. Mido subsequently died in police custody. His body was sent to his home country of Mozambique to be buried close to his loved ones.

Of late the police have been barbaric in the way they act. In the Western Cape, Premier Helen Zille established a commission of inquiry to look at the breakdown of relationship between the cops and people of Khayelitsha. Mthethwa tried without success to stop this inquiry from taking place.

The Marikana commission continues.

By Siphiwo Nkonki

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