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Zuma: I want to apply my mind to the Marikana report

Jacob Zuma says he wants to properly ‘apply his mind’ before releasing the Marikana report.

FILE: Crosses on the koppie in Marikana, where 34 miners were killed in a standoff with police on 16 August 2012. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma says it would be inappropriate for him to release the Marikana report before he's properly 'applied his mind' to its findings.

Zuma was handed the report by Judge Ian Farlam at the end of March and has since come under mounting pressure, including the threat of legal action to make it public.

During a violent and unprotected strike, officers opened fire on thousands of protesters.

A total of 34 miners were killed at Lonmin's platinum mine in 2012.

Ten people were also killed in the days leading to the shooting including a mine worker, strikers, two Lonmin security guards and two policemen.

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.

The inquiry sat for more than 293 days.

The president has now given an undertaking in the National Assembly that the report will be made public before the end of June.

At the same time, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane told Zuma that by withholding the Marikana report, he was sending a message that the lives of black workers are cheap.

Maimane told Zuma any further delay was unacceptable.

"The president says at the end of the month, but it is a delay that is far too long. We cannot accept it and we request that he make the report public immediately."

The president says he understands the anxiety of those affected but that it would be inappropriate for him to just release the report without properly applying his mind.

"I know and appreciate the anxiety felt by those affected however it would be inappropriate for me to release the report without applying my mind sufficiently."

He made the commitment during debate on the Presidency's R1,2 billion budget.

Economic Freedom Fighters MPs came armed with placards calling for the release of the Marikana report.

NO CLARITY ON HOW MUCH MARIKANA INQUIRY COST TAXPAYERS

Meanwhile, there's still no indication as to how much the inquiry has cost taxpayers, although it's expected to run into the millions.

When the inquiry commenced in October 2012, the Department of Justice expected to pay about R75 million.

But the costs have escalated and the commission has been extended several times.

The department is yet to put a price tag on the commission of inquiry.

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