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Miners shocked & dissatisfied with Marikana report

Miners from Marikana are disappointed Cyril Ramaphosa & some government ministers have been exonerated.

Lonmin employee Lungisile Madwantsi watches as President Jacob Zuma releases the Marikana report on 25 June 2015. Madwantsi was injured during the August 2012 strike in Marikana. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The injured and arrested Marikana miners have expressed shock and disappointment that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and some government ministers have been exonerated for their role in the Marikana shootings in 2012.

But National Police Commissioner Riyah Phiyega is now facing an inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

Phiyega has this morning said she's received a letter from President Jacob Zuma informing her of the action.

On Thursday night the president released the much anticipated report after mounting pressure from politicians and several organisations.

The police's conduct was criticised with the commission finding that the officers' tactical plan on 16 August 2012 was defective.

"The commission found the police operation shouldn't have taken place because of the defects in the plan."

The injured and arrested miners as well as the families of the victims had expressed in court that they needed time to be emotionally prepared.

They wanted the president to give them 48 hours' notice as there was a verbal agreement to do this in court, but this didn't happen and the Presidency announced yesterday afternoon, that the report would be released a few hours later.

The miners had been calling for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to be held accountable for the 34 deaths because as a shareholder of Lonmin at the time, he had sent an email calling for action because he believed that it was more than a labour dispute and had turned into a criminal issue.

Attorney Andries Mkome who represents the miners says they're disappointed.

"They were hoping that people would be fingered directly so that we don't have to have another inquiry where criminal prosecutions are investigated and determination is made as to who and why must be charged."

Meanwhile, Lonmin miners have questioned why the president did not address the welfare of the widows and children of miners killed at the koppie.

Zuma made no mention of compensation for these families when he presented the report last night.

WATCH: Highlights of Marikana report.

DEATHS

In August 2012, 34 miners were gunned down by the police at Lonmin's Marikana mine during a labour protest.

Ten people were also killed in the days leading up to the shooting including a mineworker, strikers, two Lonmin security guards and two policemen.

WATCH: 2012 Marikana shooting.

An inquiry was established by the president to investigate if the police were justified in using lethal force.

The inquiry sat for 293 days and heard testimonies from 50 witnesses about the violence that broke out at the North West platinum mine.

To read the full Marikana report, click here.

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