Organisations push Zuma for release of Marikana report

Three organisations have submitted a promotion of access to information request to the Presidency.

FILE. President Jacob Zuma addresses workers in Marikana, on 22 August 2012. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Several organisations have submitted a promotion of access to information request to the Presidency for the release of the Marikana inquiry report.

The commission sat for more than 300 days, investigating the violence and deaths at the Lonmin Platinum Mine in 2012.

It handed over the final report with recommendations at the end of March.

President Jacob Zuma has not yet indicated when he'll make the report public, saying he has to apply his mind and consider some serious recommendations.

The Marikana Support Campaign, the Right to Know Campaign and the South African History Archive have taken the next step in demanding the release of the Marikana report.

This week, they submitted a promotion of access to information request, meaning the Presidency now has 30 days to respond.

The Marikana campaign's Rehad Desai says President Zuma has been vague in his response so far.

"Basically all he's said at the moment is he's going through the report, it contained some very serious documentations and he needs to apply his mind. We need more than that. It's in the public interest to release the report."

Families of the victims and the Marikana community as a whole have repeatedly said they need answers in order to put the events of 2012 behind them.

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