Zuma may shed light on Marikana report

This is one of six issues Zuma is set to respond to when he appears in the NCOP on Thursday afternoon.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma may on Thursday shed light on if and when he intends making public the report of the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the police shooting of mineworkers at Marikana.

This is one of six questions Zuma is set to respond to when he appears in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Thursday afternoon.

The impact of the recent spate of xenophobic attacks on South Africa's reputation and a question about youth unemployment are also on today's agenda.

Zuma received the report of the inquiry into the Marikana shootings in March and it outlines several recommendations after the commission heard testimony from 50 witnesses about the violence and deaths at the North West platinum mine in 2012.

Since then, pressure has been steadily mounting on him with calls from unions and opposition parties to make the inquiry's findings public.

On Thursday, the United Democratic Movement will be asking Zuma whether he will release the report, and, if he has decided against doing this, to give his reasons.

The Inkatha Freedom Party will be asking Zuma whether all his ministers have signed their performance agreements with him.

The party also wants Zuma to name the five best and worst-performing departments, and the two best and worst-performing provinces.