High Court Dismisses Marikana Application

By Chelsea-Summer Lodewyk    15-Jun-2015 23:18 UTC+02:00
Miners striking against Marikana violence Pic: BDlive

Miners striking against Marikana violence.
Pic: BDlive.

The Pretoria High Court has dismissed the urgent application ordering President Jacob Zuma to release the Marikana report.

The presidency confirmed that the report will be released by the 30th of June this year.

However, injured minors and those who were arrested for their part in the horrendous events that took place on the 16th of August 2012 put through an urgent interdict to have it released sooner, citing the need for closure as the reason for the urgent application.

The presidency says President Zuma has yet to release the Farlam Commission’s report, due to the fact that he willl have a difficult time answering the public’s questions around its findings and needs time to prepare.

Therefore, the Presidency has confirmed that they will release the report by the end of June.

According to government insiders, the report is said to have the names of very powerful government officials, including the current Vice President, Cyril Ramaphosa and the National Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega.

All involved have come to the agreement that the President must give at least 48 hours notice before the release of the report, with the latest date being the 30th of June.

On the 16th of August 2012, a standoff between police and striking miners resulted in the death of 34 miners. President Jacob Zuma set up an inquiry into the events that took place on that fateful day. The inquiry was chaired by Judge Ian Farlam and it included investigations into the death of 10 people, including two police officers and private security guards the previous week.

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