Johannesburg - Miners who were injured and arrested during the 2012 Marikana massacre have filed an urgent application in the high court in Pretoria to have President Jacob Zuma immediately release the findings of the Farlam Commission.
Attorney Andries Nkome, representing about 300 miners and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, says it is illegal and unconstitutional for Zuma to take so long to review the report which was handed to the Presidency on March 31.
“The applicants seek an order compelling the first respondent to release the Marikana report forthwith and within 24 hours of the granting of the court order to the immediate victims and/or to the South African (and international) public,” the court papers state.
“The president must respond by the third (of June) with reasons why he’s opposing, if he’s opposing the application,” Nkome said.
The Marikana Commission of Inquiry, headed by retired Judge Ian Farlam, investigated the deaths of 34 miners who were shot by police at Lonmin’s Marikana mine near Rustenburg on August 16, 2012 during a strike. In the preceding week, 10 people – among them miners, security guards and police officers – were killed.