BDLive writes that the deaths of two protesters this week at the hands of the police have highlighted the urgent need for President Jacob Zuma to release the findings of the Marikana commission of inquiry.
The separate incidents, which occurred in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape on Tuesday, also underscore the importance of implementing the commission’s recommendations, which was established to provide guidance on how to improve public-order policing. The Marikana inquiry was established to investigate the deaths of 44 people, 34 of whom were shot by police, during strike-related unrest at Lonmin’s Marikana operations in August 2012. Its report is expected to shed light on how the police can improve their handling of violent labour strikes and service delivery protests. The urgency with which the commission’s findings should be made public and implemented is further brought home by the prospect of a looming strike season. On Wednesday, one person was killed and another injured near the Bokoni Platinum Mine in Atok — where residents had been protesting about locals not securing jobs at the mine. In Eastern Cape, police fired shots at a group of people who had been blocking roads during a protest in Bedford.