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Families of Marikana victims criticise Zuma’s lack of commitment

The families wrote to Jacob Zuma on the day he received the commission’s report into the Marikana tragedy.

FILE: The families of the Marikana victims said President Jacob Zuma's commitment to release the Farlam Commission of Inquiry’s report at the end of June is simply not good enough. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The families of the Marikana victims said President Jacob Zuma's commitment to release the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's report at the end of June is simply not good enough.

The families had written to Zuma on the day he received the commission's report into the violence and deaths on the Lonmin Platinum belt in 2012.

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.

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 mine.

The inquiry sat for more than 293 days.

They still haven't received a response and want the report along with its recommendations released into the public domain by Monday.

The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa, which is representing the families of the victims, said Zuma has had adequate time to "apply his mind" to the report.

The institute's Naadira Munshi said Zuma must release the report by Monday, or they will ask retired Judge Ian Farlam who headed the commission to release it.

"We are asking him because he does have the powers to release the report by 2 June."

The wounded and arrested miners from the 2012 shooting may also continue with legal action against Zuma, compelling him to release the report before his proposed deadline.