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‘Recommendations in Marikana report must be implemented’

President Jacob Zuma released the Farlam Commission’s finding’s last night.

FILE: Retired South African judge, Ian Farlam, headed the Marikana Commission of Inquiry. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Parliament's Oversight Committee on Police has called for the urgent implementation of the Marikana report's recommendations.

The Farlam Commission's report into deadly violence on the platinum belt and the deaths of 44 people the 16 August 2012 found that the police's tactical operation was 'defective'.

The Commission also recommended an inquiry into whether National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega is fit to hold office.

Chairperson of the Police Portfolio Committee Francois Beukman said, "We will invite minister of police to appear before the committee in the next few months. To indicate his action plan to ensure that those recommendations are implemented."

While the Presidency has moved to explain the sudden decision to release the Marikana report, there is mounting criticism against the police, with analysts warning that senior Saps management is liable for command and control in any operation.

President Jacob Zuma released the Farlam Commission's finding's last night without giving the victims of the 2012 shooting 48 hours' notice.

WATCH: MARIKANA: How did we end up here? [WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT]

The Presidency's Harold Maloka says the report was released after requests from socio-economic groups.

"The President had finalised the considerations of the report, and is of the view that he did not want to further delay the release, given the recent urgent application and various requests for the report to be released."

It recommends that public order policing be improved, that the police be demilitarised and that adequate training is given to officers.

"It really does point an issue of senior police leadership. Because these systems cannot be improved by anybody else other than the top management of the Saps."

But this is something that was already brought up in 2006.

The Institute for Security Studies' Gareth Newham says now in 2015 the police face the same problems.

POLICE MINISTRY'S RESPONSE

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko says his ministry will speedily implement the recommendations of the Marikana report.

In a brief statement, the Police Ministry says that this report calls on the department to have a closer look at the public order policing unit and that officials are still studying the fuller version of the report.

It promises that it will work hard at executing the recommendations of the report.

It also refers to the Commission's call for an independent panel of experts to be established to look at alternative ways of policing and crowd management.

The role of the police came under harsh focus in the report as it found that police's way of managing crowds was not suitable.

To read the full Marikana report, click here.

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

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