Khulumani Submits Urgent Request for Intervention to U N Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions

Khulumani appeals to the Special Rapporteur for Extrajudicial Executions to take urgent action in respect of the findings that some 14 mineworkers were allegedly executed at close range by South African Police Services officers 'Small Koppies' site near the Marikana Lonmin Mine site. This area was some 400 metres from Wonderkop where mineworkers had gathered over several days. The alleged summary execution of these mineworkers took place on 16 August 2012.

Khulumani furthermore calls for the urgent release of the 270 detained mineworkers who were allegedly arrested as they attempted to flee police shooting on the same day. Amongst the detainees are the children of Khulumani members from the Eastern Cape. Many of these deyainees allege that they have been tortured while in police custody.

This week on Tuesday September 4 and Wednesday September 5, the Portfolio Committee for Justice and Constitutional Development holds public hearings into the draft bill to combat torture. The bill has been in process for some 10 years already. The allegations of the torture of the detained mineworkers in North West Province bear testimony to the urgent need for South Africa to enact legilsation to criminalise torture and to prosecute its perpetrators.

Khulumani members including survivors of apartheid torture experiences, will be in the public gallery for the public hearings. On Wednesday September 5, 2012, they will hold a silent vigil and picket at the gates of Parliament between 12:00 and 14:00 to remember those who have died at the hands of state security officers including the deceased Marikana mineworkers as well as those who are being tortured by state officials in places of detention.

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