Tuesday, March 31, 2015

President Zuma needs to table Marikana Report in Parliament without delay

Oscar Thomas
31 March 2015

The Democratic Alliance has called on President Jacob to commit to a date by which the official Marikana Report would be tabled in Parliament.

The Marikana Commission of Inquiry, headed by retired judge Ian Farlam, was established two years ago by President Zuma to investigate the deaths of 34 miners in 2012.

DA MP of Police Dianne Kohler Barnard said it is unlikely that the police were the only state entity responsible for what culminated on that fateful day.

Barnard said In terms of section 84f of the Constitution, the President is empowered to launch a Commission of Inquiry and did so following this tragedy that gripped the world.

Barnard said it is therefore President Zuma’s sole responsibility to submit this report to Parliament without delay.

“He should do so sooner rather than later to avoid any speculation that he could withhold the findings and recommendations made by the Commission to protect those implicated for undue political reasons” Barnard added.



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