Marikana investigation to take 4 months

2012-09-21 11:30

Pretoria - The investigation into the shootings at Lonmin's Marikana mine, in North West, will be completed within four months, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said on Friday.

"[President Jacob Zuma] has given very tight timeframes for this commission, namely of finalising its investigation within four months from the date of commencement of its work."

Radebe was briefing reporters in Pretoria on the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.

In August, Zuma announced a three-member judicial commission of inquiry to probe the mine violence in which 44 people had died in Marikana. Two more people have died since then.

It would consider whether Lonmin responded appropriately to the threat of an outbreak of violence on its premises.

Tragic incidents

"These tragic incidents dominated our media space and also made news headlines internationally," said Radebe.

He said Zuma deemed it important that the commission investigate the incidents, which were of public, national, and international interest and make appropriate findings and recommendations.

"The return of the striking miners to work [on Thursday] is an important milestone in our collective endeavour to restore peace and harmony in the beleaguered community."

The commission has been mandated to determine the roles played by Lonmin, the police, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

Also, the commission will determine the role played by the department of mineral resources or any other government department or agency, and the conduct of individuals and groupings in promoting a situation of conflict and confrontation which could have given rise to the shootings.


Radebe said Zuma would soon promulgate regulations which would confer powers on the commission to enable it to execute its task.

"The regulations are in its final stages. They are expected to be signed by the president today and released on Monday."

The regulations would also empower the commission to gather evidence by conferring on it powers such as being allowed to enter and search premises, secure the attendance of witnesses and compel the production of documents.

Public hearings would begin on October 1 and would be heard in Rustenburg.

The families of the Lonmin victims had been urged to attend the hearings.

Radebe said the commission had an additional task of bringing hope and comfort to the bereaved and other affected families.

"We will not shirk our responsibility in providing the best enabling environment for the commission to best fulfil its mandate.

"We owe the unfortunate victims of this tragic incident no less," he said.

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-09-21 11:32

    With great power comes great unaccountability.

      zambezi.river - 2012-09-21 12:02

      The ends justify the means!

      kala.bafazi - 2012-09-21 12:27

      It will probably take that long again for Zuma to "apply his mind". - 2012-09-21 12:44

      With this investigation I hope they also try and discover why the masses of SA are so violent, criminal and unproductive. They will blur the facts again - will we in 4 months have forgotten about the brutal killings of police and security guards, will we have forgotten how the armed mob (high on muti) stormed the police??

      rbphiri - 2012-09-21 13:35

      This investigation is as useful as that recent conducted research on juliArse not being a potential leader. More wasted resources to investigate the obvious. Just like the arms deal this will be swept under the carpet...I'm suprised that government can still walk properly with all that dirt under their carpet...someone is bound to stumble across that heap of rubbish.

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-09-21 11:39

    Four moths at a cost of R 50 million, to tell us what we already know and that is on record. Wow only in South Africa!

      tebza.ngoatoana - 2012-09-21 11:53

      The little that you know is just the tip of an iceberg. - 2012-09-21 12:55

      The little I do know: the masses are ill-disciplined, criminal, violent, ungrateful, unproductive and unwilling to build this country. Sad that the only people who are effectively contributing to SA are the disciplined, hardworking minority - paying tax to a incompetent government they dont even vote for.

  • elgh.elgh - 2012-09-21 11:41

    I just love their commitment to strict timeframes. It will probably take 4 times that with the same outcome as the day after the shooting - Strikers attacked the policy - Police reacted in self-defence.

  • whites.mustunite - 2012-09-21 11:43

    Jeff Radebe do you think you could find the time during your farce of an investigation, to find and charge those who killed the two policeman and the two security guards? They seem to have been forgotten. They were hacked and burnt alive, they died preforming their duty, but the lives of armed thugs who were killed in self defense seems to be much more important to you.

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-09-21 11:48

    Results thus available in the new year, after the conference of the comrades. Yeah right Jeff, we're all stupid!

      Erna - 2012-09-21 12:16

      My thoughts exactly.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-09-21 12:28

      I foresee some future "mind applying" taking place.

  • ftakalani - 2012-09-21 11:51

    Oh u wana make it completed afta Mangaung

      pierrefrewd.juice - 2012-09-21 11:57

      Yes, you cannot have a report that blames government for killing their voters before the elective conference at Mangaung!Thats unheard of.

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-09-21 12:31

      ftakalani You are quite right ! Just in case JZ might get elected again. Not a very clever move, because if you could see it, and I could see, can you imagine how many more people are seeing it !

  • mart.botha - 2012-09-21 12:13

    Quote "We owe the unfortunate victims of this tragic incident no less," he said. The only unfortunate victims from this incident are the 2 policemen and 2 security guards from what I can see. Does this mean that motorists in Gauteng that are opposed to e-tolling can protest and kill policemen, e-toll staff and security guards now ? Of course not....and they can expect no less than what happened at Marikana if they adopt the same behaviour and antics of the miners. An IQ of six and their mob mentallity is going to cost these miners in the long run. The commission has to find that those protesters who died or were injured thrust and pitted themselves en masse against law and order and simple common sense and therefore there is no culpability on behalf of the authorities.

  • ditantane.kganakga - 2012-09-21 12:17

    Four months, that is after the Mangaung conference.

  • Tebogo Thape - 2012-09-21 12:21

    isn't it just typical...4 months just to keep Zuma safe from any blunders that could compromise his second term bid. you gotta love it 4 mzansi

  • gavindavid.vonmeyer - 2012-09-21 12:27

    Oh four months, conveniently after Mangaung Conference.

      Grant Henry - 2012-09-21 14:42

      Hi Gavin whats up. hows things. dont stress about these idiots, its just the country we live in.

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-21 12:30

    After 4 months and 50 Million later. It was the third wors!

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-09-21 12:30

    Victims????????? Why the word 'victims'? Very interesting. When justice is turned on end you can kiss a country goodbye.

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-21 12:31

      They are always the vitim. Just as for instance Mdluli. He is the Victim of....Selebi he is the victom of ....

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-09-21 12:54

    Plus another 2 years for the president to "apply his mind" to it, like many more commissions we are still waiting for!

  • sean.redmond3 - 2012-09-21 16:10

    More likely fournever.

  • Hendrik JJ Kruger - 2012-09-22 19:58

    Do you really need 4 months to steal R75m from the tax payers?

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