Marikana: Susan Shabangu might not be called to testify

2014-05-08 13:48

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The Marikana Commission of Inquiry has deleted a crucial part of its mandate in investigating what happened during the deadly 2012 strike.

Retired Judge Ian Farlam has announced that section 1.5 of the terms of reference of the commission would be deleted.

The proclamation was signed by President Jacob Zuma on August 26 2012, 10 days after 34 miners were killed in Marikana.

Section 1.5 of the terms of reference states that the commission would inquire into, make findings, report on and make recommendations concerning particular government departments.

“The role played by the department of mineral resources or any other government department or agency in relation to the incident and whether this was appropriate in the circumstances and consistent with their duties and obligations according to law,” the section reads.

But this will no longer happen.

During the commissions sitting last week, Farlam said the commission would only continue in respect of terms of reference 1.1 to 1.4.

“We’ll be continuing until July 31, and we will announce on the 8th detailed procedural rulings we’ll be making to deal with the situation thereafter,” said Farlam.

This means that there is a possibility that Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu and any other ministers may not be called to testify at the commission.

The commission has not made any further announcements regarding the witnesses who are still scheduled to testify.

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