As the Marikana Commission of Inquiry lingers on, the anger that many South Africans felt towards the South African police and government has been diffused by the spectacle of the Commission itself. But as many South Africans now react with more complacency to Marikana, the Commission itself is a telling reminder of the problems associated with the access to justice in South Africa.
Blink (or take a detour through Pretoria thanks to an over-eager GPS) and you may have missed it. The Commission of Inquiry into the Marikana massacre reconvened in Pretoria on Wednesday morning but was adjourned within an hour. The commission will reconvene next Monday, more than one year after police gunned down 34 miners near the Lonmin platinum mine in the North West province.
President Zuma on Wednesday described the Marikana massacre as a "tragic and sad loss of life".
"I appointed a Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the incident led by Judge Ian Farlam," Zuma said. "We respect the Commission and will not pre-empt its findings or interfere with its work by speculating on what happened on that day or apportioning blame."
On Planet Reality, however, the frequent postponements the Commission has suffered...