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Marikana report: Police’s tactical strategy was 'defective'

Three months after receiving the Farlam Commission’s report, Jacob Zuma has made its findings public.

FILE: The Commission was set up to investigate the deaths of 44 people during violence on the platinum belt in 2012. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says the Marikana report has found the police's tactical strategy on the day 34 miners were gunned down was "defective" and it recommends an inquiry into the fitness of National Police Commissioner Riah Phyiega to hold office.

It also recommends a full investigation into 'ascertaining criminal liability' against the South African Police Service (Saps).

Three months after receiving the Farlam Commission's report, Zuma has now made its findings public.

The Commission was set up to investigate the deaths of 44 people during violence on the platinum belt in 2012.

The inquiry has found that Lonmin did not use its best endeavours to resolve the wage dispute at the mine in 2012.

It also found that Lonmin did not respond well to the threat of violence and failed to employ sufficient safeguards for employees.

The report also has serious findings against the two main unions involved in the strike, The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

Zuma says Amcu members sang 'provocative songs', and made 'inflammatory statements'.

Amcu's President Joseph Mathunjwa tried to convince workers to leave the Koppie they had occupied for several days.

The inquiry says NUM did not allow workers to speak to Lonmin and failed to exercise control over its members.

Zuma says it cannot be said that deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa was the cause of the massacre and the allegations against him are 'groundless'.

CONDEMNATION OF DEATHS

The Presidency said yesterday, while the media has reported Zuma's comments about Marikana as condoning the death of the miners, he actually condemns all the deaths that occurred in 2012.

On Tuesday, Zuma appeared to suggest the police had been forced to shoot miners because they had killed other people.

Zuma was speaking to students in Pretoria when a heckler said police had killed people at Marikana, the president then gave this immediate response.

"Those people in Marikana had killed people and the police were stopping them from killing people."

The government said those remarks do not condone the deaths of the 34 miners and that Zuma says all the deaths should be equally condemned without being selective.

Zuma also revealed what appeared to be a sympathetic view towards the police and their conduct, which led to the shooting of 34 miners.

He told the youth to refrain from violence.

"As young people, you are leaders of the future. You should lead my example and not use violence to solve problems."

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