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'Ministers can be called to testify on Marikana'

Concerns were raised after a clause in the commission's terms of reference was deleted by Zuma.

Lonmin miners during the one-year anniversary at Lonmin's Marikana mine where 34 striking platinum workers were shot dead by police on 16 August 2012. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Marikana Commission of Inquiry said there's nothing stopping it from calling ministers to testify.

The commission was set up to look into the deaths of 44 people before and during the shooting at Lonmin's North West mine in August 2012.

However, concerns were raised after a clause in the commission's terms of reference was deleted by President Jacob Zuma.

It relates to who and what the commission should investigate and has raised questions about whether certain ministers were being protected.

But the commission's advocate Phuti Setati said that was not the case.

"I don't think there's anything that would stop the commission from calling any witnesses in terms of phase one."

Meanwhile, the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) said yesterday Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa must answer to the violence in Marikana.

SERI raised concerns that cabinet ministers would not be required to testify at the commission.

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