'Marikana commission just a set of recommendations'

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry says whether the report will be made public or not is not up to them.

The retired South African judge, Ian Farlam, at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Farlam Commission of Inquiry says a report due to be handed to President Jacob Zuma by Tuesday is just a set of recommendations and it is up to the presidency to decide whether or not to make it public or not.

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.

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 commission's Phuti Setati sad, "Once we hand over the report to the president our work is done. Whether the report will be made public or not is not within our power."


There's still no indication as to how much the inquiry has cost taxpayers, although it's expected to run into the millions.

When the inquiry commenced in October 2012, the Department of Justice expected to pay about R75 million.

But the costs have escalated and the commission has been extended several times.

The department is yet to put a price tag on the commission of inquiry.