We need time to analyse, absorb Marikana report - Chamber of Mines

2015-06-25 21:31


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Johannesburg - The Chamber of Mines needed time to absorb and analyse all the findings made in the Marikana report, released by President Jacob Zuma on Thursday night.

"The Chamber of Mines welcomes the release this evening of the report of Judge Farlam on the events that occurred at Marikana in August 2012," the chamber said in a statement.

"We will naturally need some time to absorb and analyse all findings of relevance to the mining industry as a whole, and we undertake to offer our more detailed perspectives as soon as possible."

The chamber remained saddened at the losses suffered by the families, friends and colleagues of those "who died during those dark days".

"We hope that the publication of the Farlam report plays a part in making their grief easier to bear and brings a form of closure regarding some of the key issues and question raised over the period," the chamber said.

'Co-existence for all'

"As we have said before, it is a priority for the industry that our activities should not cause harm to any stakeholder, and that we should play our part in ensuring a safe and dignified co-existence for all, particularly our employees and those living in mining communities."

The events at Marikana reinforced the chamber's determination to achieve those goals. While they believed significant progress had been made, they knew a road still had to be travelled.

"We trust that the report published this evening adds strength to these efforts," it said.

Earlier, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega bore the brunt of the Marikana commission's report, while Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and other ministers were let off scot-free.

Some of the blame was laid at the door of Lonmin and the two unions on the mine - the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

However, the commission exonerated Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa, finding he had done his best to persuade the striking mineworkers to lay down their arms and leave the koppie.

This was according to the findings and recommendations read out by Zuma in a live broadcast to the country on Thursday evening, three months after he was handed the 600-page reported.

The SA Police Service were the biggest losers on Thursday, with findings suggesting that it had lied to the commission about its tactical plan to disperse striking mineworkers on August 16 2012.

"The police leadership did not initially disclose to the commission, the fact that the original plan was not capable of being implemented on the first date and that it had been abandoned," said Zuma.

"In addition, police leadership did not inform the commission that the decision to go ahead with the tactical option, if the strikers did not voluntarily lay down their arms and disperse, was taken at the national management forum meeting on August 15.

"Instead, they informed the commission that this decision was taken on the 16th of August, and only after the situation had escalated."

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