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Lonmin mineworkers voice anger over Marikana report

They’ve described the report as a whitewash aimed at absolving President Jacob Zuma’s allies of blame.

South African platinum miners queue to undergo essential medical and safety procedures before working, early on 25 June 2014 at the Wonderkop mines in Marikana Rustenburg, after a five month long strike. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Lonmin mineworkers in Marikana have voiced their collective anger against the Marikana report by Judge Ian Farlam and the action taken by President Jacob Zuma with many questioning how former police minister Nathi Mthethwa could not have sanctioned the shootings.

34 mineworkers were gunned down by police on the 16 August 2012 and 10 other people were killed in the week before during a six week unprotected strike in the Rustenburg area.

The miners are being briefed by lawyers for The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) the injured workers as well as families of the people who were killed.

They've described the report as a whitewash aimed at absolving President Jacob Zuma's allies of blame.

Their questions were translated by Advocate Dali Mpofu who has been speaking on what they plan to do next.

"He says the outcome of the commission is political, the employer should have spoken to the workers where they were on the koppie. He says that it cannot be emphasised more that they criticised the commission."

Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa says Phiyega cannot alone take responsibility for the shooting.

"From Nathi Mthethwa to Phiyega, and only Phiyega gets the blame, Phiyega doesn't operate on her own, she reports to someone."

At the same time, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for an extra ordinary sitting of Parliament where President Jacob Zuma will brief MPs on his plan of action following the release of the Marikana report.

The official opposition held a meeting in Johannesburg today where it expressed its disappointment with the manner in which Zuma handled the report

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says the President's lack of urgency to release the findings demonstrated a lack of compassion for the families affected.

"There's a clear lack of urgency and compassion on President Zuma's part in his response on this particular issue and the handling of the report and its contents. I think we can go on at length about when the families were even informed about the report being tabled and the process of managing the communication to the families."

Following the release of the Marikana report, Eyewitness News will host a panel discussion on its impact and merits at Primedia Place in Sandton tomorrow.

To be part of the debate, which will begin at 09:30 tomorrow morning, all you have to do is send an e-mail to news@ewn.co.za

The event will be live-streamed via ewn.co.za

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