Zuma to release Farlam Commission report

He’s come under mounting pressure from unions, opposition parties and civil society organisations.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says he will release the Farlam Commission report on the Marikana shootings as soon as he's finished processing its findings and recommendations.

Zuma was responding to questions in the National Council of Provinces.

He's come under mounting pressure from unions, opposition parties and civil society organisations to make the report public.

Zuma says the commission's report is important and deserves careful consideration, so that its findings and recommendations can be used to ensure that such an incident never happens again.

"The report will be released to the public as soon as I have completed processing the findings and recommendations."

Zuma refused to be drawn on questions suggesting the commission has found National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega unfit for office.

National Council of Provinces Chairperson, Thandi Modise, gave him cover.

"Honourable president, you may, or you may not respond to it, in terms of our rules, that question is speculated."

To which Zuma responded, "I'm not going to indulge in this speculation."

Zuma said he would make known how he intended to respond to the commission's recommendations.