In the 23 March 2017 edition of The Star, SERI candidate attorney Khuselwa Dyantyi wrote on the need for the criminal prosecution of those responsible for the deaths of 37 striking mineworkers at Marikana in August 2012.

According to Dyantyi:

"The commission heard testimony on how the police hunted down miners who were fleeing from the koppie, in what became known as "Scene Two" and that some of them were shot with their hands up, indicating their surrender. Post-mortem reports showed that some of the deceased miners were shot in the back, suggesting that they were not posing a danger to the police.

A police officer was heard and seen on cellphone video footage praising himself for killing one of the miners.

If the criminal justice system functioned properly, and equitably, the police officers would have immediately been removed from their positions, pending investigations. Some of them would ultimately have been criminally prosecuted.

Yet here we are. A few months away from the fifth anniversary of the massacre and not a single police officer has appeared before a court. The best information that the Presidency can give us is a nameless list of the few who are under investigation and might be prosecuted for the cold-blooded murders that have been screened far and wide on the internet, in the documentary Miners Shot Down and during the commission's proceedings. So much for criminal justice for police officers."

  • Read the full op-ed here.