Marikana report deals heavy blow to Saps

The Saps also came under fire for not disclosing information to the Farlam Commission of Inquiry.

Police open fire at protesting workers at the Lonmin mine in Marikana, North West on 16 August, 2012. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Police Services (Saps) has come under fire not only for its conduct in Marikana but also for not disclosing information to the Farlam Commission of Inquiry.

President Jacob Zuma released the much anticipated Marikana report on Thursday night after holding onto it and studying the recommendations since the end of March.

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

Zuma told the nation that the police management also did not disclose information during the commission's hearings.

"The commission also questioned the conduct of the police management. The police leadership didn't initially disclose to the commission the fact that the original plan wasn't going to be implemented on the first date and that it had been abandoned."

This was a major issue during the 300 days that the commission sat and heard testimony.

The police were constantly being accused of not providing information either from their hard drives or speaking truthfully about how they came to the decision to take a tactical approach on 16 August.

Zuma told the nation that the commission found that initially the police left out a crucial bit of information.

"Police leadership didn't inform the commission that the decision to go ahead with the tactical option, if the strikers didn't voluntarily lay down their weapons and disperse, was taken at the national forum meeting on 15 August."

There were also accusations of police planting weapons next to miners after the shooting and the commission found that the tactical plan would have resulted in bloodshed.

It does however find that the shooting should have stopped at scene one and not continue to scene two pointing out a lack of control and command.

WATCH: 2012 Marikana shooting.


National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega says she has received a letter from Zuma informing her about an inquiry into her fitness to hold office after the Marikana reported largely blamed the police for the August 2012 shootings on the platinum belt.

Phiyega has indicated that she will comply with the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's recommendations.

The head of the South African Police Services had praised officers on the ground after 34 miners were shot and killed.

Phiyega has until the end of July to respond.

To read the full Marikana report, click here.

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