Retired SCA judge to lead Marikana commission

2012-08-23 15:45

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma on Thursday named a judicial commission of inquiry to probe the killing of 44 people last week in a strike at Lonmin's Marikana platinum mine.

"It has been directed to investigate matters of public, national and international concern rising out of the events in Marikana which led to the deaths of approximately 44 people, the injury of more than 70 persons and the arrest of more than 250 people," Zuma said in a televised statement.

The probe will cover mining company Lonmin, rival unions the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the government, the police, and any individuals involved in the deadly conflict.

Retired appeals court judge Ian Farlam will head the three-person commission.

Two other commissioners, advocate Bantubonke Tokota and advocate Pinglar Hemraj, would assist Farlam.

The wide-ranging inquiry was given four months to complete its investigation and another month to submit its report.

The commission will look not only at security issues, but also at broader concerns about labour policies and working conditions, Zuma said.

  • Zoolie - 2012-08-23 15:48

    4 months to work out something that happened over 2 days, no come on all ready !!!

      kevin.pitzer - 2012-08-23 15:55

      4 months seems to be buying time until after Mangaung is over !

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-08-23 15:56

    I'll tell ya what happened!!

  • ronel.kotze.3 - 2012-08-23 15:56

    Excellent news...Really hope the REAL truth comes out..

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-08-23 16:16

      Agreed. At least with a judicial enquiry all the facts will be presented so that we can establish what really happened.

  • stephen.scott.376043 - 2012-08-23 15:58

    I concluded my inquiry in 4 seconds, don't shot at police men.

      jerrysethemane.mochidi - 2012-08-23 16:55

      Do you always have to talk?

  • ludi.birk - 2012-08-23 16:00

    Good choice - Ian Farlam a man of immense integrity. I don't know the others, but I am sure they were chosen wisely too - the whole world is watching this situation very closely

  • neville.chamberlain.509 - 2012-08-23 16:02

    Finally .... hope it takes less than 4 motnhs to complete though or it would be forgotten by the press (especially NastyPers). Maybe just in time for Mangaung?

  • David Steyn - 2012-08-23 16:12

    Have any of you seen the photos of the people hacked to pieces with pangas by these very same people that are now being mourned by the nation. I have! and I can not believe that any human can do that to another, no matter what the reason.

      Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-08-23 16:19

      David - i see you use the name 'human'. That needs a correction. ANIMALS!

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-08-23 16:17

    Stephen - well said.

  • spiekeries - 2012-08-23 16:22

    what about a enquiry regarding the thousands of farmers that are slaughtered like animals?

      spiekeries - 2012-08-23 16:54

      to the "thumbs down" person, please explain why you don't agree with statement, come on, be a man and enlighten is

  • allan.keyzer - 2012-08-23 16:22

    So in 4 months time - after Mangaung - this report will join the many other reports under the carpet in Jacobs office. Nothing is going to be done about this just a means to pacify the parties today.

  • Amanda - 2012-08-23 16:45

    I hope that the broad ranging enquiry will also include a rounding up of the sangomas who gave the Miners the gungai to make them "strong" to resist the police's bullets. The were selling it at R1000.00 a shot. This is according to evidence from one Miner who refused the "muti" saying he did not believe in it. Interesting.

      spiekeries - 2012-08-23 16:53

      yip, at least now it is established muti does not stop lead pills

      David Steyn - 2012-08-23 17:49

      I wonder how many of the people who bought or took this muti own the technolgy called cell phones and TVs and, and-------- Goodness sake man, we are in the year 2012

  • altusvanzyl - 2012-08-23 16:57

    The judge is white. Guess someone will have a problem with that...

  • brent.goldwyer - 2012-08-23 16:59

    and we will find out that the unions are fighting each other, the miners lied about their pay, the strikers attacked the police, the police killed a few rabble rousers doused with invinciblity powders.. and the ANC is corrupt...........and that took 4 minutes at no cost

  • SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-08-23 18:00

    Genius move. If the voters aren't happy with the result, the ANC can just blame apartheid, AGAIN.

  • Hugh - 2012-08-23 19:22

    @ Leonardb1 I agree whole heatedly. Why is it, it is Bee this AA that or Transformation of the justice system but when it comes to the crunch the ANC appoints use the old guard. Use the same untrained garden boys that now run the country.

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