Concerns raised about shortfalls of Marikana report

The report has been labelled a ‘white wash’ with calls for a second inquiry to take place.

Crosses on the koppie in Marikana, where 34 miners were killed in a standoff with police on 16 August 2012. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Concerns have been raised about the shortfalls of the Farlam Commission Inquiry's report with Marikana miners saying the underlying causes of the violence in 2012 weren't adequately investigated.

On Monday union leaders, analysts and interested parties discussed the findings of the inquiry at a special Eyewitness News Debate.

The report has been labelled a 'white wash' with calls for a second inquiry to take place to uncover the truth behind the violence and killings in Marikana.

President Jacob Zuma released the findings of the report on Thursday evening, outlining some of the main recommendations.

Those who have been part of the Commission have pointed out some discrepancies in Zuma's address to the nation and the actual report.

The report found the police's operation on the day 34 miners were gunned down on 16 August was 'defective' and recommends an inquiry into national commissioner Riah Phiyega fitness to hold office.

Many at Monday's debate believed the executives should be held accountable for the massacre.

Advocate Dali Mpofu, who represented the wounded and arrested miners, said the report failed them in many ways.

"The commission fell far too short of what they had hoped for; some of them went as far as saying they had wasted their time for two years. They left their homes and their homes were broken into two because they pinned their hopes on the commission."

At the same time Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said Parliament should debate how much compensation would be given to the Marikana miners who survived and the families of those who lost their lives.

Maimane visited the wife of security guard, Frans Mabelane, who was brutally killed and burnt in the days before the massacre.

The DA leader said the family's living conditions hadn't improved and state support was necessary.

"We'll table the private member's Bill to the Ministry of Finance and let the ministry then be able to table it. It must be actuarially determined so that we can get the right amounts on the table. The social conditions that persist prior to Marikana are still evident today."

WATCH: DA leader Mmusi Maimane in Marikana.


Meanwhile, Phiyega said she would respond to the recommendation that she be investigated for her involvement in Marikana, but reports indicate she wouldn't be leaving her position without a fight.

Phiyega's office released a statement on Friday that she would not be making any public pronouncements on Marikana but weekend reports indicate that she is feeling aggrieved because she was only heading the police for two months when the shooting occurred in 2012.

It's unclear if Phiyega will survive in her position following the commission of inquiry's report with some indications that a replacement is already being looked at.

To read the full Marikana report, click here.

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