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National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega reportedly laughed and joked as footage of the killing of 34 miners in a clash with police was screened at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, The Times reported on Wednesday.
Phiyega reportedly joked with a state law adviser as a prelude to the killings was screened at the Rustenburg Civic Centre.
Surrounded by her senior officers, Phiyega smiled as she watched.
It was only after screams of horror echoed across the room, as the footage was played without any warning, that Phiyega’s “humorous demeanour changed to that of an ice queen, blatantly ignoring the wailing families”, the report continued.
“…Phiyega stared straight ahead, ignoring a widow screaming at her for answers about her husband’s death,” the newspaper reported.
“Why did they do this? Why did your policemen kill my husband? What did he do?” the woman screamed at her.
This is a cadre deployed by the ANC, the party of the Freedom Charter, which states that:
The police force and army shall be open to all on an equal basis and shall be the helpers and protectors of the people;
Instead, the SA government police force has been turned into murderers and looters of the people, and the head of the crime unit thinks it’s a big joke.