Zuma shows contempt for Marikana miners - lawyer

2015-05-26 17:54
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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has shown contempt for the mineworkers arrested and injured during the Marikana shooting by telling Parliament before responding to them about the release of the inquiry's report, a lawyer for the group said on Tuesday.

"Credit must go to the arrested and injured miners and Amcu that they were able to extract an answer," lawyer Andries Nkome told News24.

"[However] this shows our clients that the president holds them in contempt [by not responding them]... but he decides to say this in Parliament."

During his budget vote speech in Parliament on Tuesday, Zuma said he would release the report before the end of next month.

This had come almost two months after he had received the report and threats of legal action in a bid to have the report made public as soon as possible, Nkome said.

The mineworkers had sent a letter of demand to Zuma, insisting that he make the inquiry's report into the shooting dead of 34 mineworkers, public.

They threatened to take the matter to court if Zuma did not respond.

Nkome said if the group put more pressure on the president they might be able to get an actual date for the release out of him.

He said he was waiting for instruction from his clients on the next step.

Earlier on Tuesday, the United Front said it was joining the Marikana Support Campaign, Right2Know Campaign and South African History Archive in their submission of a Promotion of Access to Information Act (Paia) request demanding the release of the report.

In terms of the Paia, the presidency has 30 days to respond to the request that was lodged on May 19.

Read more on:    amcu  |  jacob zuma  |  cape town  |  marikana inquiry  |  parliament

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