R2K demands full report into Marikana commission

The R2K protested on Human Rights Day against police brutality and attacks on protesters.

FILE: A cross erected on the Koppie after the massacre as a symbol of the lives lost two years ago in Marikana. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As the date for the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's final recommendations into the Marikana shooting approaches, the Right to Know Campaign (R2K) has embarked on a protest, demanding a full report into the massacre.

Retired judge, Ian Farlam, was appointed to chair the inquiry after the August 2012 shooting in which 34 miners were shot dead by police at Lonmin's North West mine during a labour protest.

Ten people were also killed in the days leading to the shooting including a mineworker, strikers, two Lonmin security guards and two policemen.

President Jacob Zuma appointed the inquiry to investigate whether police were justified in using lethal force when the protesting miners were gunned down.

The inquiry sat for more than 293 days and heard testimony from more than 50 witnesses.

The R2K protested in Johannesburg on Human Rights Day yesterday against police brutality and attacks on protesters.

The campaign's Dale McKinley said, "The report must be made public because it will hopefully tell us who is responsible for that massacre. Marikana was a turning point and since then many people have died at protests. We need the police to act within the law, we need to demilitarise them."

McKinley says they will continue to put pressure on the police service to investigate officers who use excessive force.

"Those who have broken the law must be investigated and we must a conversation with the police to discuss having a police to protect us as opposed to attacking us."

Last year, families of the Marikana victims called for further investigation into the police officers involved, saying the killings at the North West mine cannot be justified.