Another Marikana Massacre Secret Exposed, DA Sought Answers


Until justice is done, many South Africans don’t want to see the end of Marikana massacre. They want to know the details surrounding the massacre regarded as the most lethal use of force by the South African security forces against civilians in the democratic dispensation of the country.

It’s thus, unsurprising that Marikana stories are still newsworthy 3 years after the brutality happened.

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Reports culled from City Press exposed another secret of the Marikana event. This time, it was revealed that former Lonmin PIC human resources head, Barnard Mokwena, was on the State Security Agency’s (SSA) payroll as a ‘deep cover’ agent when the Marikana massacre happened.

Mokwena was one of the mine’s executive who called for a swift action and refused to negotiate with miners during the 2012 strike. And as revealed, he was listed as a paid ‘deep cover’ agent on the SSA’s central source index from 2004 to at least, the end of 2012.

Reacting to this, the Democratic Alliance (DA) stated that the recent revelations “are cause for serious concern and require further investigation.”

The party’s Chief Whip – John Steenhuisen said: “considering the severity of these claims as well as the potential conflict of interests and implications for the integrity of our state security apparatuses they raise, Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence (JSCI) must urgently investigate this matter and determine any misconduct on the SSA’s part.

I will write to the new JSCI Chairperson, Charles Nqakula, and request that he:

  1.  schedule an urgent briefing by the Minister of State Security, David Mahlobo, on this matter; and
  2. prepare a special report, in terms of Section 6 (2) of the Intelligence Oversight Act (No. 40 of 1994), to be tabled in Parliament.”

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To Steenhuisen, “the alleged collusion between Lonmin and the SSA if true, is a deeply disturbing revelation and further proof that Parliament needs to prioritize the appointment of the next Inspector-General of Intelligence.”

The horrific events that transpired at Marikana were unprecedented in our democratic dispensation, he added.

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