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BREAKING: Zuma Releases Report On Marikana Killings

Posted: Jun 25, 2015 at 6:25 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

South African President, Jacob Zuma, on Thursday made public the Marikana Report. The long-awaited report is a document on a three-year investigation into the killings that followed clashes between miners and police in the Marikana mines district of South Africa.

Zuma had promised to release the findings of a commission of inquiry into violence at Lonmin’s Marikana mine by the end of June.

Thirty-four miners died in a violent strike amid union pay disputes on August 16, 2012.

Ten people, including police officers and security guards, were killed in the days leading up to the unrest.

The shooting at Marikana was the worst violence witnessed in the country since the advent of democracy in 1994, and evidence at the inquiry disputed police claims that they acted in self-defence when they gunned down the striking miners.

On Tuesday, Zuma told students at the Tshwane University of Technology in Soshanguve, South Africa, that officers were protecting lives on that fateful day.

Before the release of the report, many had called on the South African government to make known the findings of the investigation. Miners had threatened more strikes, and the civil society, among others had gone to court to have the report released, o no avail until now.