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Farlam to hand Marikana findings over to presidency

It’s unclear whether the presidency will make the Marikana Commission of Inquiry Report public.

FILE: Judge Ian Farlam, chairperson of the Farlam Commission of Inquiry. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Marikana Commission of Inquiry will hand over its findings to the presidency today.

The inquiry sat for 293 days and heard testimonies from 50 witnesses about the violence that broke out at the North West platinum mine in August 2012.

Retired judge, Ian Farlam, who headed the inquiry, will hand his findings to the presidency, but it's still unclear when the report will be made public.

Farlam was appointed to chair the inquiry after the shooting in which 34 miners were shot dead by police at Lonmin's 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.

The Marikana Support Campaign spokesperson says it's important that South Africans have access to this report.

"The president has the right not to publish the report if it seems fit but we think, given the magnitude this issue, that he will be compelled to release the report."

The commissioner was tasked with investigating the deaths of all 44 people in Marikana and whether or not police were justified in using lethal force.

The final report will only make recommendations to the presidency, then it will be decided whether or not anyone will be persecuted.

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."

NO CLARITY ON HOW MUCH MARIKANA INQUIRY COST TAXPAYERS

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.

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