Mixed reaction as Zuma releases Marikana report - As it happened

2015-06-25 20:15

Get all the details from the release of the Marikana Report by President Jacob Zuma.


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25 Jun 21:22

The greatest tragedy in South Africa’s democratic history has finally today been dealt with by the President with delay and a lack of accountability, the Democratic Alliance has said in a strongly worded statement.

"The publication of the Farlam Commission’s Report that is almost 90 days late - while in the President’s custody - represents an injustice for the families who lost loved ones in the Marikana massacre.   

"The DA will fight to hold those responsible for the massacre to account, including those who used their political influence to bring the strike to a conclusion.

"Our focus will be on making sure that those who were directly affected by the tragedy are compensated for their loss or injury, and to ensure that this is tragedy is never allowed to happen again.

"The widows of those who perished must see justice for the loss of their loved ones, many of whom were breadwinners."

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The ANC's statement on the report reads as follows: "The President of the Republic of South Africa, Comrade Jacob Zuma, released today the report of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of 44 people at Marikana during the period between the 11th and 16th August 2014.

"The release of this report of a Judicial Commission finally brings to light the truth around this tragic incident. We further trust that it should bring our nation a step closer to healing.

"The African National Congress once again sends its deepest condolences to the families of our compatriots who lost their lives at Marikana. We further send our sympathies to those who were injured.

"We reiterate the President’s sentiment that such incidents have no place in a democratic South Africa.This tragedy cannot be used to further divide our country, if anything we should seek to unite our people to ensure that such never happens again.

"The right to peaceful strike action in South Africa is sacrosanct and we welcome the recommendations made by the Commission to strengthen the capacity of the state to discharge its duties of public order policing. We call on government to urgently implement all the recommendations of the Commission."

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Mpofu: This is not the last word...

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Mpofu: We worked hard for all those desperate people...they kept us going.

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Mpofu says there was solid evidence that police were under severe pressure.

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EFF member and lawyer for mineworkers Dali Mpofu has reacted to the report: The highest person who will be held accountable is Phiyega - many feel it should have gone much higher.

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You can also read Zuma's full statement.

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The ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe on Ramaphosa: I hope that no one will again call him a murderer.

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Zuma has concluded speaking.

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We should learn from this painful episode, says Zuma.

25 Jun 19:36
Full report to be published online.

25 Jun 19:36

Breadwinners were take from families in a brutal manner - Zuma

The entire nation was shocked as was the world. No one expected this to happen in a free and democratic South Africa, he says.

We should use this to build a more united society, says Zuma.

Violence has no place.

25 Jun 19:34
Full report to be published in Government Gazette.

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Zuma has written to Phiyega to inform her of recommendations. 

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Commission recommends an inquiry into the fitness to hold office of National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.

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Zuma: Commission has called for further investigation into the Gatherings Act and Dangerous Weapons Act.

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Zuma: Commission recommends Director of Public Prosecutions in North West to ascertain criminal liability on part of police members.

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Zuma: Further investigation...Commission recommends full investigation into members involved in incidents at scene 1 and 2.

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Zuma: IPID should be reviewed to ensure it's able to carry out its functions effectively.

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Zuma: National Commissioner and Minister of Police should take extra care when addressing members or making public statements.

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Recommendations: All police helicopters must be fitted with working cameras. All police officers must be trained in basic first aid.

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SAPS should review training of members who use specialised equipment such as water cannons.

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Zuma: In Public order policing situations, operational decisions must be made by an officer with recent and relevant training.

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Recommendations: Lonmin housing failure needs to be referred to Mineral Resources Department.

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Zuma: Commission has also raised serious concern that there was a delay of about an hour to get medical assistance to scene 1. One striker might have survived if he had received medical care.

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Zuma: Police leadership did not initially disclose to the commission that the plan was not capable of being implemented on August 16.

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Zuma: There was a complete lack of command and control at scene 2.

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Commission questioned role of police management during the operation.

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Zuma: The Commission also found that the operation should have been stopped after the shooting at scene 1.

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Police operation should not have taken place because of defects in the tactical plan - Zuma

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Police strategy of encirclement and disarmament failed and replaced by a defective tactical option (killings).

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Attempts were made to negotiate with strikers by police - report

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Zuma: The strategy entailed closing off the miners with barbed wire, with a small opening, through which they'd give their weapons.

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Zuma: NO findings made against minister Susan Shabangu.

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Executive played no role in decision of police to implement tactical options, commission finds.  This is with regards to findings against former police minister Nathi Mthethwa.

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Findings on Cyril Ramaphosa: It can't be said that he was the cause of the massacre.

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NUM wrongly advised rock drill operators that no negotiations were possible with Lonmin until the end of two years.

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The NUM also did not take the initiative to persuade and enable Lonmin to speak to the workers.

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