Vavi demands public release of Marikana report

Dismissed Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says the Marikana report is of major public interest.

Dismissed Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Dismissed Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has called for the immediate release of the full report into the killing of 44 people during an unprotected wage strike at Lonmin's Marikana mine in 2012.

At least 34 mineworkers were shot dead by police at a koppie near Lonmin's Marikana mine in August that year after a six week strike for a minimum wage of R12,500.

After 300 days a commission of inquiry led by retired judge Ian Farlam handed over its report to President Jacob Zuma and Vavi is now calling for its release to the public.

The politician says the report is of major public interest.

"I've signed a petition by civil society and we can't wait to read the report. An unedited report must be released soon."

He says there are crucial questions that need to be answered by the commission of inquiry.

"The whole world is waiting to hear if the miners were posing a threat warranting the police to mow them down."

Last month, Marikana residents said their lives have not changed and they called for National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega to be jailed.

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

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.

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.