* President Zuma has announced that he will release the report by the end of June. But this could be too late for the miners, widows and family members of the Marikana Massacre to prepare and lodge civil claims before August 16th. We are supporting the call of the families who are now demanding that the Marikana Commissioners release the report on the 2nd of June or provide reasons for refusing to do so, in the event that the President does not release it before then.
Almost 3 years after the Marikana Massacre, the Farlam Commission investigating the massacre has handed its findings to President Zuma. 34 miners were gunned down by police, many in the back and with their hands raised in surrender. Others were killed both before and after the massacre itself.
While there were concerns with the way the commission, which sat over 300 days was conducted, a substantial amount of evidence was presented to the commission which should be expected to make some important findings.
To delay the release of the report is to delay justice and the truth to the survivors of the massacre and the families of the deceased.
The Marikana Support Campaign notes that “given the momentous impact on our democracy of the massacre we believe this to be an extraordinary case that requires extraordinary measures to restore faith in our democracy”.
Dear President Zuma,
As people who have not forgotten the horror of the Marikana massacre, we the undersigned, demand that you make public the Farlam Commission report by the end of May 2015. This will be a first step in ensuring that the families affected and the nation at large, not only understand what led to the events on the 16th August 2012- but also seek justice for those killed.