Zuma sticks to his guns on much-anticipated Marikana report

2015-05-26 13:38


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Johannesburg - Almost two months after receiving the Marikana report, and amid threats of court action, the response from the country's highest office remains the same - President Jacob Zuma will release the report publicly "in due course".

Presidency spokesperson Harold Maloka on Tuesday said Zuma was sticking to his statement made on May 10.

"I can't comment on court stuff," he said.

In a statement earlier this month, Zuma said: "The commission has made some serious recommendations that require careful consideration. Therefore, it is important to apply my mind carefully so that our response ensures that the events that took place in Marikana are not allowed to happen again in our country. Everything is being done to ensure that the matters are concluded as soon as possible."

The United Front on Tuesday said it was joining the Marikana Support Campaign, Right2Know Campaign and South African History Archive in their submission of a Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) request demanding the release of the report.

"The report was sent to the President on 31 March, but is yet to be made public," the UF said in a statement.

"President Zuma has avoided all questions around when he will be releasing the report to the public. The delay in the release of the Marikana report is unacceptable. This delay is likely to affect accountability from those responsible for the Marikana massacre."

In terms of the PAIA, the presidency has 30 days to respond to the request that was lodged on May 19.

The lawyer representing mineworkers who were injured and arrested during the Marikana shooting, which left 34 people dead, has sent a letter to Zuma on behalf of his clients demanding that he release the report.

They had initially set a deadline of 14:00 on Sunday for Zuma to respond.

Lawyer Andries Nkome said if the president did not respond they would have no option but to approach the courts.

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