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Maimane slams Zuma's handling of Marikana report

Mmusi Maimane says the release of the Marikana report has done little to provide closure.

FILE: Mmusi Maimane says the release of the Marikana report has done little to provide closure. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Sunday lashed out at President Jacob Zuma saying his handling of the Marikana report and its contents was a disgrace to the country's democracy.

The official opposition held a meeting in Johannesburg earlier to respond to the report on the killings of 44 people, 34 of them mineworkers, during the labour unrest at Lonmin in August 2012.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says the release of the Marikana report has done little to provide closure especially to the families of those affected by the massacre.

"If you were a wife, a sister, a child of any South African who died in 16 August, you'd be no nearer to finding out the truth or certainly feeling that any sense of justice was done."

Maimane lashed out at Zuma for the manner in which he handled the report and its findings.

"A president, who almost felt it more critical to get over this issue, rather than deal with the justice behind this issue."

The DA says the report has provided more questions than answers and has called for justice for those affected.