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Marikana residents: Riah Phiyega must be jailed

Residents believe the Police Commissioner must take full responsibility for the deaths of miners in 2012.

FILE. National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Marikana residents say their lives have not changed and they are now calling for National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega to be jailed.

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry's report into the violence that erupted at the mining town in 2012 has been handed to President Jacob Zuma, but has not yet been made public.

The community says it hopes that once the report is released, their lives will improve.

With just a little rain, the sand roads in Marikana turn to mud.

The informal settlement on the outskirts of Lonmin's Platinum Mine reeks of poverty and is surrounded by heaps of litter.

It's been almost three years since 44 people were killed there, and according to some residents, nothing has changed.

Many are waiting for the commission's report to be made public because they believe Phiyega must take full responsibility for the deaths in 2012.

"She killed us. She killed our brothers. We were not fighting there, we were asking for the money. Phiyega must go to jail."

Residents are also hoping the recommendations from the report will put pressure on government to focus more attention on improving the lives of the victims and the community in general.

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