Disturbing developments in the inquiry into the Marikana massacre in South Africa.
The alleged cover-up by police is bad enough, in principle, but the scale and sheer cynicism of the attempt would plumb new depths, if proven.
Attempts by police forces around the world, to cover up blunders and brutality, are common enough, as many subsequent inquiries have shown. But the Marikana case, piled on top of the original horror of the shootings of protesting miners, will be seen as more than just the usual pattern of police behaviour.
It will inevitably be seen as yet another indicator of the moral failure and decay of the ruling party, and the decline of good governance in South Africa.
All the more reason, for the Marikana Commission to expose this sore, and excise it.