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Marikana: Shabangu may be called again

Susan Shabangu has been accused of not taking any action despite being informed of the deaths.

FILE: Shabangu maintains that she was not influenced by Cyril Ramaphosa in 2012. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Minister for Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu may be called again to testify at the F arlam Commission of Inquiry after the legal team representing the miners said it has more questions for her.

Shabangu who was the mineral resources minister during the unprotected strike in August 2012 was made aware of the violence and deaths in the area and has been accused of not taking any action.

Advocate Dali Mpofu objected on Tuesday when he was told his time for cross examination was up.

All legal teams have been given a specific time to ask questions so that the inquiry can wrap up by the end of September as it will be almost two years since it commenced.

Mpofu says all prominent witnesses have been rushed when it comes to asking questions.

"When Minister Mthethwa was here, there was this fast forward. Same with Cyril Ramaphosa. The same thing is happening with this witness."

Meanwhile, Shabangu maintains that she was not influenced by Ramaphosa in 2012, and had made up her own mind that the strike had become criminal.

She has also said she met with Ramaphosa in Cape Town a day before the shooting of 34 miners in Marikana to discuss the violence in the North West mining town.

The commission has five weeks before it's expected to wrap up, and shortly after hand over recommendations to the Presidency.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega is expected to be recalled in the next few weeks.

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