Court dismisses application to release Marikana report

As it stands, the President will release the report to the public at the end of June.

Miners fill the court room as they await judgment for the release of the Marikana report on 15 June 2015. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Farlam Commission report on the 2012 Marikana shooting will not be released immediately as the application was dismissed in the High Court in Pretoria.

The wounded and arrested miners from the 2012 shootings on the platinum belt filed an urgent application to compel President Jacob Zuma to hand over the document.

Judge Neil Tuchten made the brief announcement on Monday morning.

This is after he spent an entire day last week listening to arguments from lawyers representing the miners and the president, and also taking a week to come to his decision.

Details of the judgment have not yet been made available.

Even though the Presidency has confirmed that the report will be released by the 30 June, the miners persisted with their court action last week.

All parties have agreed that Zuma will give a 48 hour notice period before he releases the report, whether it's on 30 June or before.

Zuma has not released the report as yet, because his legal team says he'll have difficult questions to answer once it's in the public and he needs to be prepared.

#Marikana Some of the women of Marikana arriving for the urgent court judgment today. GN

Questions have been raised in the past about whether Zuma will take any action regarding Marikana before or on the day he releases the report.

There have also been calls for the provincial and national police commissioners to be held accountable, as well as Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.