'We have no faith in Zuma on Marikana report'

Miners say the president may not release the report by 30 June, despite his commitment.

FILE: Miners listen to proceedings whilst sitting on the Koppie on the two-year anniversary of the Marikana tragedy. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Lawyers representing the Marikana miners say they don't believe President Jacob Zuma will release the commission's report at the end of this month as promised.

The wounded or arrested miners are seeking an order from the High Court in Pretoria to compel Zuma to release the findings of the report immediately.

#Marikana Mpofu says Zuma has not treated miners well, he didn't answer to their request for the report, announced in parliament GN

Advocate Dali Mpofu, who is representing the Marikana miners, says Zuma may not release the report by 30 June, despite his commitment in Parliament and his signed affidavit to that effect.

#Marikana Adv Epstein says concerns about report being interfered with are unfounded, Judge Farlam knows what is in report. GN

#Marikana Epstein argues that case is not urgent as report will be released in three weeks time. GN

Mpofu says this is a matter of urgency, due to the ongoing suffering by the miners and widows, and has argued there's no rational reason as to why the report wasn't released sooner.

He has also argued that Zuma has treated the miners badly by not responding to their letters and only giving a date in Parliament.

The Presidency's counsel is today presenting its argument in court, saying there's no doubt the report will be released at the end of the month.

#Marikana Presidency's legal counsel now presents argument, saying Zuma acknowledges Marikana was a very serious tragedy in the country. GN

Advocate Hilton Epstein, who is representing the Presidency, has emphasised that Zuma will have to answer some difficult questions once the report is released and therefore needs time to study it with a dedicated team.

He says Zuma acknowledges the political sensitivity and the deep rippling effects of the Marikana tragedy, but he has multiple responsibilities and hasn't had time to focus his complete attention on this report.

Earlier, legal counsel for the Presidency said the Marikana report would be released by 30 June at the latest.

The Presidency's legal counsel has argued that this matter should go to the Constitutional Court because the high court does not have jurisdiction over it.

It's reported that in Zuma's answering affidavit, he insisted the matter was not urgent.

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

There are, however, concerns about why it wasn't made public from the moment it was handed to the president.

The miners have also said 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.

#Marikana Mpofu: Cyril Ramaphosa may have access to report and this isn't fair, we've identified him as one of the perpetrators. GN


Pressure has been steadily mounting on Zuma, with calls from unions, rights organisations and opposition parties to make the inquiry's findings public.

On Friday, United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa said he believed Zuma had delayed releasing the report because of in-fighting within the African National Congress and the fact that some of his executives were the subject of the commission of inquiry, one of them being Ramaphosa.

He said he wouldn't be surprised if Zuma took some form of action, before making the report public at the end of the month.

"He will have to take action depending on the findings of the commission. If, for instance, the deputy president is fingered, to have had an undue influence which led to the death of those miners, he cannot reshuffle; he will have to remove him."