The Kgalema Motlanthe chaired commission of inquiry to look into the events of August 1, 2018, will be starting public hearings this Tuesday. The commission is investigating the events which led to the deaths of at least 6 people after the military used live bullets to quell a protest by opposition supporters which had turned violent. The commission has also said that members of the public have responded well to the call for information and have submitted over 60 written submissions. Secretary to the Commission and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Virginia Mabhiza said
There is overwhelming response from the public; people are very forthcoming with evidence, some are bringing in sworn affidavits while some are coming in person; in summary, people are co-operating…Obviously, they can’t hear everyone, they will just hear some of the evidence to avoid duplication. Because most of the people are saying they witnessed something and they believe it should be brought to the attention of the commission. Our hearings are going to be public, but of course, the Commission is allowed to make its own rules in terms of the law such that sometimes they may allow the media to observe with cameras and sometimes they may not. Depending on the need, some witnesses may need to be protected and so forth, but otherwise — for transparency – these are public hearings.
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