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'Zuma showed lack of leadership with Marikana report'

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says the president showed a lack of compassion for the families affected.

AUGUST 2012: Protesters from Lonmin's Marikana Mine sit on a nearby hill, awaiting instructions from their leaders. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has criticised President Jacob Zuma for the manner in which he has handled the Marikana report, saying his actions show a lack of leadership and compassion for the families affected.

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

Last week, Zuma released the Farlam commission's findings into the tragedy.

This came despite a court recommending that the families be given at least 48-hours notice.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane said the urgency with which Zuma released the Marikana report showed that he did not consider the impact it would have on the affected families.

"There is a clear lack of urgency in President Zuma's response on this particular issue and the handling of this report and its content."

Maimane said the report also failed to show any decisive action against those involved in the deaths.

"It does seem, and it's becoming more and more so, that if you form part of President Zuma's Cabinet, then you face no political accountability."

The main opposition party has called for a special extra ordinary sitting in Parliament during which Zuma must brief the National Assembly on the report and how he plans on implementing the recommendations.

To read the full Marikana report, click here.

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

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