Zuma: Marikana commission findings to be implemented

Zuma: Marikana commission findings to be implemented

Government would start implementing the recommendations of the Farlam commission of inquiry on the Marikana shooting, President Jacob Zuma said at the 60th commemoration of the Freedom Charter in Kliptown, Soweto on Friday.


”Work would begin to implement the recommendations of the report, so that there can be closure. We urge political parties not to use this tragedy for political posturing,” Zuma said.

”This should instead unite us in resolving all forms of violence in this country.”

The commission of inquiry’s 646-page report, released by Zuma on Thursday, ordered a probe in national police commissioner Riah Phiyega’s fitness to hold office while clearing Cabinet ministers of responsibility for the worst loss of life in a single post-apartheid police operation. Thirty-four miners died in police gunfire on August 16. In the preceding week, another ten people were killed as tensions soared over a strike at Lonmin’s Marikana operations.

Zuma said the release of the report brought back the tragedy that shocked the country and the world.

”We reiterate that such violence has no place in our country. We should draw lessons from this, that never again, shall it be that conflict over wages or any other issue, degenerates into such a shocking incident of our lives.”


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