Zuma did not want further delays on Marikana report

2015-06-26 12:54

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma sought to explain on Friday why he did not give the Marikana miners and their families 48 hours' notice before he released the Marikana report.

He did not want to delay the release of the report even further, according to a statement issued by the presidency.

His director-general said they were aware of Judge Neil Tuchten's recommendation that he should give two days' notice before releasing retired judge Ian Farlam's report on the commission of inquiry into the deaths of 44 people during a strike on the platinum belt in the North West town of Rustenburg in August 2012.

“The Presidency is aware of Honourable Judge Neil Tuchten's recommendation as well as that of the Socio-Economic Rights Institute to give a notice of two days before the Report is released," said Director-General of the Presidency Dr Cassius Lubisi.

"The President had finalised the consideration of the Report and he is of the view that he did not want to further delay its release given the recent urgent application and the various requests for the Report to be released.

"In addition, the majority of the applicants in court wanted the Report to be released immediately. Waiting two days after completing his process for the sake of a few would be unfair to the majority in the country who wanted it to be released immediately."

Zuma released the report on national television on Thursday evening, saying it recommended a probe into national police commissioner Riah Phiyega's fitness to hold office.

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