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Farlam Commission passed buck: Maimane

Instead of taking a decisive stance on the Marikana shootings in the interests of justice, the Farlam Commission passed the buck, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said on Thursday. Speaking during Parliament’s debate on the Farlam Commision of Inquiry’s report into the August 2012 shootings at Marikana, Maimane said the victims’[…]

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Phiyega breaks silence on Farlam report

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has broken her silence on the findings of the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the deaths of 34 striking miners at Marikana, saying on Sunday night she strongly disagreed with some of them. “I fully acknowledge the recommendations made by the Commission and will respond[…]

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Marikana inquiry cost R153m: report

The Marikana inquiry into the killing of 34 mineworkers in 2012 cost a total of R153 million, according to the Sunday Times. Justice department spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga told the newspaper that the inquiry cost R31.9 million in 2012 when it sat from October to December. During 2013 and 2014 it[…]

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Ruling says miners not entitled to info: Lawyer

An application for President Jacob Zuma to immediately release the Farlam Commission’s report on the Marikana killings was dismissed because the applicants were not yet entitled to that information, a lawyer said on Monday. “He [Judge Neil Tuchten] says that it is information that we are not entitled to. It[…]

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Legal action looming over Marikana report

Legal action could be taken next week to force President Jacob Zuma to release the Farlam Commission of Inquiry’s report, lawyer Dali Mpofu said on Tuesday. “Next week there is likely to be some litigation or a court case about the release of the report, which I’m going to be[…]

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South Africa braces for Marikana report

The official report into the police killing of 34 South African miners in 2012 is due to be submitted to President Jacob Zuma, with rights groups demanding that its findings are published immediately. Phuti Setati, secretary of the Marikana Commission, told AFP news agency that the Farlam report would be[…]

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Marikana hearings conclude

The public hearings of the commission of inquiry into the events at Marikana, near Rustenburg in North West, in August 2012 closed on Friday after a sitting lasting 300 days. The hearings had proceeded more “harmoniously” than initially anticipated, said the commission’s chairman, retired judge Ian Farlam. Adjourning the commission[…]

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SAPS reminds Farlam of limits

The outcome of the Farlam Commission of Inquiry will have several limitations because it is not a court of law, Ishmael Semenya SC, for the SA Police Service (SAPS), said on Thursday. “For my part, I will be surprised if the president receives your report which says ‘there are pointers[…]

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Strikers were not killed lawfully: Lawyer

Striking miners shot dead by police on August 13 and 16, 2012, at Marikana were not killed lawfully, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry heard on Tuesday. Before beginning his final arguments to the commission in Pretoria, Dumisa Ntsebeza, for the families of miners killed in the 2012 unprotected strike, read[…]

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Ramaphosa acted unwisely: LRC

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry should report to President Jacob Zuma that his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa acted unwisely regarding Marikana, the commission heard on Thursday. “The question is whether Mr Ramaphosa should be held accountable for use of political pressure on the police,” Thembeka Ngcukaitobi, for the Legal Resources Centre[…]

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