SAHRC to wait before probing Marikana

2012-10-10 19:56
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Cape Town - The SA Human Rights Commission made it clear on Wednesday that it would not conduct a parallel probe into the Marikana shooting alongside the Farlam Commission.

Chairperson Lawrence Mushwana said the SAHRC would wait until the judicial commission of inquiry had completed its work, and then only begin its own probe if it felt that had failed to cover all human rights issues arising out of the 16 August shootings.

"During the process of the Farlam commission, we will not be doing any investigation. There is no need for going side by side," Mushwana told Parliament's portfolio committee on justice.

Mushwana was clarifying a statement made on Tuesday that it was "in the public interest to proceed with an investigation".

He said the SAHRC would merely suspend and not close the complaint into human rights abuses at Marikana, which he revealed had come from the Ubuntu Development Foundation.

Mushwana said this was the same complaint that had been directed to the public protector, who in turn referred it back to the SAHRC.

It had previously been reported that these were two separate complaints.

When it emerged a month ago that the SAHRC had received a complaint, the portfolio committee strongly objected to the prospect of a parallel investigation as a potential waste of resources.

The committee also warned that the commission's stated intention to brief the Legal Resources Centre on such an investigation, would create a conflict of interest as the centre was already representing other parties before the Farlam Commission.

- SAPA
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