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Police committee: Farlam recommendations yet to be implemented

The committee says a lot still needs to be done to implement recommendations by Marikana Inquiry.

FILE: Police closely monitor protests in Marikana in the North West on 14 August 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Chair of Parliament's Police Portfolio Committee says a lot still needs to be done to implement recommendations by the Farlam Commission of Inquiry.

It was established by President Jacob Zuma following the deaths of 34 mine workers at Marikana four years ago.

South African Police Service (Saps) officials appeared before Members of Parliament (MPs) today to outline their progress.

They also shared details about other changes made within the Public Order Police environment since its re-establishment in 2011.

Newly appointed head of the Public Order Police unit Zeph Mkhwanazi says they've budgeted for the purchase of an integrated radio communication device in the next financial year.

Long range acoustic devices will also be acquired.

This meets the first two suggestions made by the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, in order to maintain and preserve adequate radio communications.

Police portfolio committee chairperson Francois Beukman says, "There is progress and implementation of new steps."

The police ministry recently launched a task team to consider the commission's findings.

It also recommended Saps heavyweights examine the service's public Order Policing Unit, while monitoring the training officers receive in preparation to respond to demonstrations.