Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

25 February 2014

South Africa: Marikana Commission - the Long Game Reveals Itself

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As the purported end of the Marikana Commission and the 2014 elections head for a flashy collision, it is clear that there is no chance that the commission will complete its work by April. Expect that it be extended, again. Despite this, the inquiry is making some startling revelations. GREG MARINOVICH looks at trends at the Marikana Commission.

Public interest, and media interest, in the Commission led by Judge Ian Farlam has dwindled to media picking up stuff from SAPA and the SABC's compulsory YouTube feed.

Perhaps eNCA has done a few days at the Commission, but that's about it. All this is pretty sad, as the last couple of weeks have been critically important - and fascinating.

It is not just that retired Judge Farlam has nonetheless been at the top of his game both on serious matters of keeping all those thousands of hours of testimony readily available for intervention and key questions.

He has also ensured the lawyers are kept amused with his witticisms. Farlam appears to keep winning the game of who has the quirkiest metaphors. One has to wonder what exchanges take place in the legendary tearoom.

On the subject of serious matters, a remarkable ...

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