Families of victims in the Marikana tragedy on Monday threatened to go to courts after a deadline for releasing a report on the tragedy was missed.
Families of the victims were seeking a court order to force the government to release the report, their lawyers said.
The report was supposed to be released on Sunday. The overdue report is expected to address public, national and international concerns arising out of the events in Marikana which led to the deaths of approximately 44 people, including 34 miners, the injury of more than 70 persons and the arrests of more than 250 others.
The events, known as the Marikana tragedy, happened in August 2012 in Marikana, North West Province when striking miners clashed with police in what was believed to be the worst mine tragedy in post-apartheid era.
Soon after the tragedy, South African President Jacob Zuma set up the Marikana Commission to investigate the real causes leading to the tragedy. The commission has submitted a report to Zuma after more than two years of investigation.
The report is expected to contain serious recommendations, what was behind the killing of striking miners and who should be held accountable.
The Presidency said two weeks ago that Zuma was still processing the report on the Marikana tragedy and will release it publicly in due course.
The Commission has made some serious recommendations that require careful consideration, Zuma said at that time.
“Therefore, it is important to apply my mind carefully so that our response ensures that the events that took place in Marikana are not allowed to happen again in our country,” Zuma said.
“Everything is being done to ensure that the matters are concluded as soon as possible,” said the president.
But families of the Marikana victims say they can not wait any longer for the report. Their lawyers say delaying the release of the report violates the constitutional rights of the affected miners. Enditem