Pressure mounts for the release of the Marikana report

Pressure is mounting for President Jacob Zuma to release the Marikana report as miners threaten court action.

file: A group of women march at Marikana ahead of the anniversary at Lonmin's Marikana mine where 34 striking platinum workers were shot dead by police on 16 August 2012. Picture: Gia Nocolaides/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - More people have thrown their weight behind the calls for President Jacob Zuma to release the Marikana report, with 300 wounded and arrested miners now threatening to take the president to court, if he doesn't make a commitment by 2pm today to make it public.

The Fa rlam Commission of Inquiry, headed by retired judge Ian Farlam, was launched to probe the killings of 44 people at Lonmin mine in the North West in August 2012.

The commission handed over its report to Zuma earlier this year.

The City Press is reporting that the mineworkers say the decision not to release the report has violated rights such as life, dignity and freedom.

The miners have sent a letter to the Presidency tabling four main issues.

The issues include Zuma's delay, his noncommittal statements on when he will release the report and North West Police Commissioner Zukiswa Mbombo's impending retirement.

Although the president has asked for more time to look at the report, the Marikana Support Campaign's Rehad Desai, says the release of the report is important for transparency.

"It's in the public interest to release the report to ensure accountability and transparency."

Mining unions, including the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union which was at the forefront of the strike, have demanded that the report be released in 48 hours.


Last week, the president said he will release the 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.

The report 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, 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."