Marikana Commission Inquiry chairperson Judge Ian Farlam says the South African government adhered to some recommendations made by the commission after the massacre.
Farlam speaks to Bongani Bingwa in commemoration to the Marikana massacre that claimed the lives of 34 mineworkers seven years ago on this day.
The terrible thing about the days before the massacre is that police were using assault rifles for public order policing and that is unacceptable. The good thing is that the police don't do that anymore. From the reports on public order policing, assault rifles are not being used. That was one of our recommendations at the inquiry.— Judge Ian Farlam, Chairperson - Marikana Commission Inquiry
The main recommendation was that the police need to be demilitarised and I am not sure what has been done about that recommendation.— Judge Ian Farlam, Chairperson - Marikana Commission Inquiry
He says there are a lot of other recommendations that have not been adhered to.
Farlam believes that the public deserves to know what the government is doing to implement these recommendations.
He says as far as the politicians were concerned, it is not true that the commission exonerated everyone including the minister of police.
We found that the evidence was very inconclusive we couldn't a definite finding against the minister of police but on the other hand, we didn't find anything in his favour either.— Judge Ian Farlam, Chairperson - Marikana Commission Inquiry
Every finding we made was based on evidence which was dealt with in footnotes and we set out fully our reasons for exonerating President Cyril Ramaphosa.— Judge Ian Farlam, Chairperson - Marikana Commission Inquiry
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