Miners go to court over Marikana report

The wounded & arrested miners want the president to release the commission of inquiry’s report immediately.

FILE. Wounded & arrested Marikana miners want President Zuma to release the commission of inquiry’s report into the 2012 shootings immediately. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Lawyers representing Marikana miners will argue in court today about why President Jacob Zuma should immediately release the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's report into the shootings on the platinum belt in 2012.

It's reported that in Zuma's answering affidavit, he insists that the matter is not urgent and that the report will be released by the end of this month.

But the wounded and arrested miners from the shootings in August 2012 have said this is not good enough.

After a long struggle in trying to determine the details of the commission of inquiry's report, the miners are taking the president to court, to compel him to release the report immediately.

Zuma has indicated that he has been applying his mind to the serious recommendations contained in the report and recently committed to making it public by 30 June.

There are however concerns about why it wasn't made public from the moment it was handed to the president, and today the court will hear argument from both sides.

The miners say Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa must be charged with the murders of those who died at the hands of police after he called for concomitant action.