Marikana: ‘I’ll study report’

2015-05-28 08:26
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JOHANNESBURG — President Jacob Zuma has to study the recommendations in the Marikana report and decide what to do about them before the document can be made public, he said in the National Assembly yesterday.

“We cannot just give the report for the sake of it without clear instruction on what must be done with the recommendations. The president has to say what must be done about the recommendations,” he said to applause, referring to himself in the third person.

He was responding to debate on the presidency’s budget vote speech.

“Therefore the issue of ‘give the report, give the report’ as a slogan is being done as if we don’t care about this matter, as if this very commission was not appointed by us,” he said, referring to the inquiry into the August 2012 shooting of 34 striking miners by police in Marikana, North West.

The commission was chaired by retired Judge Ian Farlam. Opposition parties have been calling for the report to be made public.

Responding to concerns about power cuts, he said demand would exceed supply for the next 24 to 36 months.

He said the Sere Wind Farm in the Western Cape would add 100 MW to the grid, and 827 MW of co-generation ­contracts had been signed.

DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said Zuma’s speech was full of jokes, but had few solutions.

“Every time the president steps up to the National Assembly podium, the country is left with even less hope and an image of a jester, rather than a leader who has solutions to solving the country’s problems,” he said in a statement.

He said Zuma showed a poor grasp of the seriousness of issues affecting South Africans, including another three years of power cuts and the fact that the employment rate had increased to 36% since he took office. — News24

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