Zuma to release Marikana report after considering recommendations

The president refused to be drawn on speculation about the findings or when he will make it public.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma on Thursday said he will release the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's report once he's considered its findings and recommendations.

He's refused to be drawn on speculation about the findings or when he will make its report public.

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, rights organisations and opposition parties to make the inquiry's findings public.

Answering questions in the National Council of Provinces on Thursday, Zuma also refused to be drawn on speculation about what is contained in the report.

"I have said, I have received the report, I am looking at the report and the recommendations. I am not talking about loose talk in the streets; I am talking about a report from a commission."