File image of striking Marikana miners from August 2012, credit: AFP
Farlam feedback: discrepancies between Presidential summary+Report
There has been a fall-out from the release on Thursday night of the Farlham Report into the Marikana shootings. The Commission made serious findings against the police, the police commissioner, Lonmin, and the union Amcu – but did not make any findings against Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa who was a shareholder of Lonmin at the time 34 miners were killed. There has been intense reaction to all of this over the last 17 hours or so and EWN's Gia Nicolaides who saw the Marikana shootings happen, covered the Farlham hearings and has been going through the entire report this morning, has been observing reactions as well:
Reaction is pouring in and looking at the discrepancies between the President's summary of the report's findings and the actual report itself, including that (then Police Minister) Nathi Mthethwa had no involvement in the tactical operations of the police, while the report says there's no certainty over Mthethwa's involvement with regards to this. Amcu and NUM were also found to not have done enough to prevent the violence, but the President's summary said they had done everything they could to prevent the incidents of violence. There's also no immediate action from the President - he's just summed up the findings and directed some follow up towards the National Director of Public Prosecutions. Phiyega on the other hand has been given to the end of July to respond on the report and the police aren't speaking publicly about it until then.
Farlam Feedback: Adv. Mpofu on behalf of the injured miners
One of the main role players in this is of course the miners who survived that shooting. Their legal representative at the Commission was Advocate Dali Mpofu:
I can't comment into the specifics because this matter might take many other forms going forward. But I'd like to say that 'totally exonerated' is an exaggeration; as far as the people I represent are concerned, they are in possession of evidence of his involvement and how he is connected.
Farlam Feedback: analysis
Division Head of the Governance, Crime and Justice Division at the Institute for Security Studies, Gareth Newham:
If you go back as far as 2006 already, there were already reports looking at the SAPS as an institution, where recommendations were made to improve the systems. Here we are in 2015 with the Marikana report that's pointing out the same issues - it points to a lack of leadership.
Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, Professor Steven Friedman:
If you look at some of the reaction today, there is a great deal of disappointment from the people who supported the miners, and the report also doesn't go far enough to convince people that there will be accountability - that is another level of disappointment. At the same time, there are some recommendations that can be taken forward, but I do think it's disappointing that this Commission didn't go further than it did.
Lesufi gives controversial Roodeplaat Curro school another chance
An announcement by the Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi this morning that he has decided to suspend a decision to suspend the license of the Curro Roodeplaat School until October – after the school was accused of separating black and white pupils:
When I saw the video, I'd wanted to revoke the licence of the school, but the management of the school requested a review of this and they're considering firing the Principal. On that basis, I felt we should give them an opportunity, so the school will continue to operate, so the young ones aren't inconvenienced.
Krejcir-linked witness targeter arrested
News in the EWN bulletins this morning is that police have arrested a man they think was planning to kill a witness who was due to testify against the Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir. EWN's Mandy Wiener:
We understand there was a sting operation on the M2 South in Johannesburg yesterday and it was linked to the Sam Issa trial; it appears there was a plan to kill several witnesses. It does appear that he (Krejcir) has an external network that seems to be helping him, which is what police have discovered. There's also the possibility that he may be charged with other crimes, including several more underworld murders; the possibility of him getting out of prison is very slim.