George Bizos joins calls to have Marikana report released

Human right activists have come forward saying it’s in the public interest for the findings to be released.

FILE: Advocate George Bizos and President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Prominent human rights lawyer George Bizos has joined growing calls for the Marikana Commission of Inquiry report to be released to the public.

Several organisations, individuals and prominent figures have come forward saying it's in the public interest for the findings to be released, especially for the families of the victims.

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

At the end of March, the report, with several recommendations, was handed to President Jacob Zuma.

It's been exactly 42 days since president Zuma received the final report, but it's still unclear when he will make it public.

Bizos who was part of the inquiry says it's also important that the recommendations are considered and action is taken.

"The police should be found responsible for the deaths and steps should be taken to compensate the widows and affected families."

Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union leader Joseph Mathunjwa and former Congress of South African trade Union General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi have also come forward saying the report should be released as soon as possible.