marikanacommission thumb100 News24 reports that Marikana Commission of Inquiry chairperson Judge Ian Farlam is of the view that the commission cannot be blamed for the lack of prosecutions following the shootings that saw 34 people killed by police on 16 August 2012.  

He told 702 on Friday morning:  "A panel was appointed to gather evidence for prosecution.  State Advocate [JP] Pretorius was appointed to chair it, but I don’t know what has happened since.  There has been a deafening silence.  I don’t think that we can be blamed for the fact that there were no prosecutions.  If our recommendations were implemented, I have no doubt that there would have been prosecutions."  The commission, headed by the retired judge, investigated the killings which occurred during strike-related unrest at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana.  The recommendations included that the National Prosecuting Authority investigate several of the killings and whether police exceeded the bounds of self and private defence in shooting the strikers.  According to Gareth Newham of the Institute for Security Studies (Seri), a panel of experts presented a report to the Minister of Police in April last year, with recommendations on police reform, following recommendations made by the Farlam Commission, but to date nothing has happened with that report.  He added that, while a number of police officers had been criminally charged for the death of a striking mineworker, who died on 13 August, there had been no accountability for the officers who oversaw the massacre or who killed the striking miners.

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