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Marikana report places huge blame on police

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry handed over its final report to President Jacob Zuma last week.

FILE: Police open fire at protesting workers at the Lonmin mine in Marikana, North West on 16 August, 2012. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - While the country awaits the release of the Marikana report, Eyewitness News has learnt that recommendations from evidence leaders place much of the blame on the police.

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry, chaired by retired judge Ian Farlam, handed over its final report to President Jacob Zuma last week after sitting for almost 300 days and hearing evidence from 50 witnesses.

The commission was tasked with investigating the reasons behind the violence in which 34 miners were shot dead by police at North West Platinum mine in 2012 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 police claimed they acted in self-defence.

The Marikana Support Campaign is in possession of a 700-page document compiled by the evidence leaders who were part of the commission.

Their findings show that several top police officers should take responsibility for the shooting which resulted in 34 miners being killed on 16 August 2012.

However, the campaign's Rehad Desai said there's very little political accountability.

"Where it does fall short in my view is the political accountability of the politicians who sanctioned this, it's very scant on that."

Desai said they're giving Zuma until the end of the month to release the final report into the public before taking further action.