South Africa: Report Into Killings of Miners at Marikana - FULL TEXT

In August 2012, police gunned down striking miners in the platinum belt of South Africa, in what has been been compared to the Sharpeville massacre, when more than 60 protesters against apartheid laws were killed in 1960.

25 June 2015

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma tonight released the full report of the commission he appointed to investigate the events culminating in the police killings of 34 striking platinum miners in August 2012.

The report, running to more than 600 pages,

  • called for criminal investigations into the role of the police,
  • said the police concealed evidence from the commission and
  • wants a formal inquiry into the fitness to hold office of national police chief Riah Phiyega.

It also cleared Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and members of the executive of causing the killings but criticised Lonmin, owner of the mine at the centre of the strike, as well as two unions and a number of individuals, according to President Zuma.

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