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Pressure mounts for Zuma to release Marikana report

President Zuma has had the report from the Marikana Commission of Inquiry for a month and a half now.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) President Joseph Mathunjwa says it's in both national and international interests for the Marikana Commission of Inquiry report to be released as soon as possible.

The commission sat for over 300 days and heard testimony from 50 witnesses about the violence and deaths that occurred at the North West platinum mine in 2012.

At the weekend, dismissed Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi called for the immediate release of the report, while the presidency issued a statement saying Jacob Zuma is still "processing" the document and it will be released in due course.

Pressure is mounting for Zuma to release the Marikana report, which he has had for a month and a half now.

Several organisations, individuals and legal teams have been anxiously waiting for the report, which will put forward several recommendations to the presidency.

Mathunjwa, who was at the mine on the day of shooting, says Zuma should be given the benefit of the doubt for the delay.

"He was outside the country; we had some challenges of xenophobia, which maybe took some of his time. Let's give him the benefit of the doubt maybe this month the report will be released."

However, Mathunjwa says it's important for the families of the victims to see the report and for those responsible to be held accountable.

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