Outdated North West deputy police commissioner Gen William Mpembe and three other officers have been acquitted on charges touching on to the Marikana massacre in 2012.
Mpembe, Brig Jacobus van Zyl, Brig Dingaan Madoda, and Lt-Col Oupa Pule were facing charges in the high court in the North West touching on to the dying in police custody of Modisaotsile Sagalala.
The charges were defeating the ends of justice for allegedly concealing information around Sagalala’s dying, and contravention of the Ipid Act and the Commissions Act for no longer reporting a dying in police custody.
But they were acquitted on Monday.
National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson in the North West, Henry Mamothame, acknowledged the authority celebrated the judgment and would explore it sooner than making “told decisions” on the following steps to win.