National 15.6.2015 12:02 pm

Judge dismisses Marikana report release application

DEMAND. Advocate Dali Mpofu pauses in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria yesterday after submitting an application to have the report on the Marikana killings released immediately. Picture: Christine Vermooten

DEMAND. Advocate Dali Mpofu pauses in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria yesterday after submitting an application to have the report on the Marikana killings released immediately. Picture: Christine Vermooten

Judgment was reserved last week following an urgent application in the Pretoria High Court to compel Zuma to release the Marikana report immediately.

Last month, Zuma had said in parliament he would release the report by the 30th of this month. However, the applicants in the matter argued they were suffering daily torture with each passing day the contents of the report remained secret.

It was concluded in court that the presidency would notify the victims and their families 48 hours before he would release the report to allow them to prepare themselves emotionally and psychologically.

Miners had started gathering at the Palace of Justice in the Pretoria CBD ahead of today’s judgment in which Judge Neil Tuchten would rule whether or not President Jacob Zuma should release the report immediately.

The application was brought forward by the miners affected by the Marikana massacre, families of those who perished and Association of Mine workers and construction union.

The miners’ hopes were crushed as Judge Neil Tuchten dismissed the case. This means the president will release the report on the initial date he announced in parliament.

The miners, disappointed and disgruntled, are now waiting for their lawyers to explain to them what the judge’s decision means and the possible way forward.

 

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