Commission Says Police Lied About Shootings That Shocked South Africa
Police appear to have lied about the shooting deaths of 34 striking South African miners last year, as new evidence suggests some of the men were shot in the back in the deadliest police action since apartheid almost 20 years ago. The police had claimed they opened fire on the miners in self-defense. Police computers and confidential documents turned over to the Marikana Commission in South Africa include files that the authorities had denied existed, failed to disclose, or in some cases appear to have falsified or deleted. With Nelson Mandela’s frail health , celebrated sprinter Oscar Pistorius indicted for murder, and now a high-profile case of police corruption, this year is shaping up to be a difficult one for the nation and its ruling African National Congress party, which will have a lot to answer for when it goes before voters in next year’s elections.