Court bid to release Marikana report

THE Pretoria High Court will hear an application on Monday for an order forcing President Jacob Zuma to release the Marikana massacre report.

Lawyers representing the Association of Mine and Construction Workers Union (Amcu) as well as 37 miners injured when police gunned down 34 fellow miners in August 2012, filed court papers yesterday.

The president received the report from retired judge Ian Farlam‚ who chaired the commission‚ in March.

Zuma has indicated his intention to release the report before the end of the month.

But Andries Nkome‚ the lawyer for Amcu and the injured miners‚ said the president was trying to buy time.

He said it had taken three months for Farlam to prepare the report. It would be unfair for the president to take the same amount of time to read it.

“If he releases it later this month‚ it means the miners will only have a month to study the report before their civil claim for unlawful arrest and detention, as well as for assault‚” he said.

The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of SA (Seri) and the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), representing the families of the miners killed during the bloody Lonmin platinum mine’s labour unrest‚ have also written to Farlam asking him to release the report if Zuma failed to adhere to their request to release it.

Seri and the LRC said of concern to the families was the risk that the dates on which their claims against the state prescribe will arrive before the report has been published.

The presidency has until Thursday to decide whether to oppose the application.

– Rdm News Wire

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