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Presidency receives official Marikana report

President Jacob Zuma could not personally receive the report as he is on a state visit.

FILE: The Farlam Commission of Inquiry officially wrapped up on 14 November 2014 after nearly 300 days of testimony. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The presidency on Tuesday confirmed it received a report by the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the shootings at Marikana in August 2012.

President Jacob Zuma could not personally receive the stacks of folders as he is on a state visit.

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

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

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 2012.

The police claimed they acted in self-defence.

The presidency's Mac Maharaj said, "The president will prioritise the report when he returns from Algeria. He wishes to thank Judge Farlam, commission members and witnesses who participated in the commission."

Yesterday, the Marikana Support Campaign spokesperson said it was important that South Africans had 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 final report will only make recommendations to the presidency, then it will be decided whether or not anyone will be persecuted.

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