Retired SCA judge to lead Marikana commission

2012-08-23 15:45
A security guard is seen at a check point leading to a township at Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine in the North West. (Sapa, File)

A security guard is seen at a check point leading to a township at Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine in the North West. (Sapa, File)

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Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma on Thursday named a judicial commission of inquiry to probe the killing of 44 people last week in a strike at Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine.

"It has been directed to investigate matters of public, national and international concern rising out of the events in Marikana which led to the deaths of approximately 44 people, the injury of more than 70 persons and the arrest of more than 250 people," Zuma said in a televised statement.

The probe will cover mining company Lonmin, rival unions the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the government, the police, and any individuals involved in the deadly conflict.

Retired appeals court judge Ian Farlam will head the three-person commission.

Two other commissioners, advocate Bantubonke Tokota and advocate Pinglar Hemraj, would assist Farlam.

The wide-ranging inquiry was given four months to complete its investigation and another month to submit its report.

The commission will look not only at security issues, but also at broader concerns about labour policies and working conditions, Zuma said.

Read more on:    police  |  amcu  |  num  |  lonmin  |  ian farlam  |  labour  |  mining unrest
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