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Jacob Zuma to release Marikana report tonight

The President will address the nation on SABC at 7pm.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma will address the nation this evening and also release the report of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.

The President will start his address at 7pm on SABC.

Zuma had agreed earlier this month to release the Marikana report on 30 June after legal battles and mounting pressure.

On 26 August 2012, the President appointed a Commission of Inquiry to investigate matters of public, national and international concern arising out of the tragic incidents at the Lonmin Mine in Marikana, near Rustenburg, during 11 to 16 August 2012, when more than 44 people lost their lives and many others were injured.

The commission handed over its report to Zuma earlier this year.

The injured and arrested miners were expecting president Zuma to release the report next week or give 48 hours' notice before making it public.

But the Presidency's Harold Maloka says the Farlam Commission's findings will be made public this evening.

"President Jacob Zuma will address the nation this evening and also release the report on the Marikana Commission of Inquiry."

It's unclear what Zuma will be announcing but it may give insight into some of the recommendations he has been considering since the end of March when he received the final report.

During a post Cabinet briefing earlier today, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe was asked whether Cabinet had discussed the Marikana report.

"Before the end of June he will release the Marikana report. So today is the 25 [of June], we have five more days."

When pressed, Radebe gave a firm answer.

"The President will, at his time, be able to release the Marikana report and indicate what processes he would have gone through in releasing the report."

Meanwhile, attorney Andries Nkome who represents the miners, says it's come as a shock.

"Our clients did not expect to have the report released tonight. They were expecting the Presidency would notify them and their families that the report will be released within 48 hours so they find this to be shocking."

WATCH: Marikana miners' urgent court application dismissed

MINERS' BID DISMISSED

The wounded and arrested miners from the 2012 shootings on the platinum belt's application to have the Marikana report releases earlier than the president had scheduled was dismissed by the High Court in Pretoria last Monday.

The miners had filed an urgent application to compel Zuma to hand over the document.

Judge Neil Tuchten had spent an entire day listening to arguments from lawyers representing the miners and the president, and also taking a week to come to his decision.

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

All parties had agreed that Zuma will give a 48-hour notice period before he releases the report, whether it's on the scheduled day or before.

Zuma's legal team said his delay in releasing the report was due to the difficult questions he'll have to answer once it's in the public and he needs to be prepared.

ZUMA UNDER PRESSURE

Last month questions were raised about whether President Jacob Zuma would take any action regarding Marikana before or on the day he releases the report.

Eyewitness News had spoken to a number of prominent figures who had called for the release of the Marikana report, who said:

"It is a matter of public interest…

"As Amcu we are really anxiously waiting for that report…

"You are called upon to put pressure on President Jacob Zuma to release the Marikana report."

It's unclear if these calls put pressure on Zuma to make a commitment, or if it was the miners taking him to court.

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

LISTEN: George Bizos calls for release of Marikana report