Presidency: Zuma needs 'space' to process Marikana report

The presidency says Jacob Zuma is considering recommendation and will release the report in 'soon'.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The presidency says Jacob Zuma needs 'space' in order to process the Marikana report and has committed to release it to the public once he has considered all the recommendations.

Lawyers representing the wounded and arrested miners from the 2012 shooting have filed court papers on an urgent basis to compel Zuma to release the report by the end of the month.

They don't want anyone to be let off the hook, especially North West Police Commissioner Zukiswa Mbombo who is retiring at the end of May.

The presidency says Mbombo's retirement has nothing to do with the processing of the Marikana report.

It also dismisses allegations that National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has been offered another position outside of the police service.

The Marikana miners however are disappointed that it has taken Zuma over a month and a half to consider the Commission of Inquiry's report.

The presidency's Harold Maloka says Zuma will release the report in 'due course'.

"Judge Ian Farlam presented the report to the president. The president is considering the recommendations that had been put in there and he has said that it requires him to have a personal consideration of them. He has committed to release the report and I think its best that we give him the space to be able to do that."

Lawyers representing the miners have filed urgent legal documents and want Zuma to explain in court why he has delayed the release of the report.

Meanwhile, Mbombo's office has also confirmed that she will be retiring at the end of the month, but insists this has nothing to do with the Marikana report.

Her spokesperson Sabata Mokgwabone says, "She has reached 60 years. So it is normal that a government official at the age of 60 go on pension. She is retiring because she has reached [her retirement age]."