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More pressure builds for Zuma to release Marikana report

Lawyers representing the wounded and arrested Marikana miners are expected to file papers in court on Monday.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Pressure is now mounting on President Jacob Zuma to release the Marikana report almost two months after receiving it.

Lawyers representing the wounded and arrested Marikana miners are expected to file papers in court on Monday against Zuma for not releasing the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's findings on the Marikana incident.

The miners had given Zuma until 2pm on Sunday to indicate whether or not he would release the report in 48 hours and his office apparently failed to meet this deadline.

The commission handed over its findings, with recommendations at the end of March after investigating the violence and deaths at the Platinum mine in 2012.

Lawyers representing the Marikana miners will be approaching the court on an urgent basis to compel Zuma to release the report by the end of May.

In the past two weeks, unions, political leaders and other prominent figures have come forward saying Zuma must make the report public sooner rather than later.

Zuma has only indicated that he will release the report in "due course" as he is still applying his mind to it and considering some of the very serious recommendations.

MOUNTING PRESSURE

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."

The miners say his noncommittal statements and the long delay have forced them to take the matter to court as they don't want anyone implicated in the report to be let off the hook, especially the North West Police Commissioner Zukiswa Mbombo, whose proposed retirement date is at the end of May.

Recently Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema also indicated that they want Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to be considered for prosecution.