Marikana report: NUM admits it could have done more

The Commission says the union did not put in enough effort into their engagement with Lonmin and its workers.

FILE: Lonmin miners gathered ahead of one-year anniversary at Lonmin's Marikana mine where 34 striking platinum workers were shot dead by police on 16 August 2012. Picture: Gia Nocolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mine (NUM) workers has responded positively to the findings and recommendations put forward by the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.

The union has been accused of failing to resolve disputes leading up to the killings of 44 people in 2012.

The commission says the union did not put in enough effort into their engagement with Lonmin and its workers.

NUM president Piet Matosa says the union cannot dispute any of the commission's findings, instead he admits that they could have done more.

"If there are any gaps that had been identified by the commission in the report, we'll definitely work on those and improve going forward."

The union says provision needs to be made to compensate the families of the victims.

The union has also welcomed further investigations into the killings and has called for those responsible to be prosecuted without further delay.



Last night, President Jacob Zuma said the Marikana report had found the police's tactical strategy on the day 34 miners were gunned down was 'defective' and it recommended an inquiry into the fitness of National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega to hold office.

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

Three months after receiving the Farlam Commission's report, Zuma made its findings public in live television address.

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.

To read the full Marikana report,_ click here._

To read the highlights from the president's report _ click here._