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Zuma announces commission of inquiry

Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane will lead an inter-ministerial commission of inquiry into the shooting at Marikana that left 34 miners dead, the presidency says

Other members of the inquiry are North West premier Thandi Modise and the ministers of mineral resources Susan Shabangu, police Nathi Mthethwa, social development Bathabile Dlamini, co-operative governance Richard Baloyi, labour Mildred Oliphant, defence and military veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, health Aaron Motsoaledi, state security Siyabonga Cwele, and home affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

The terms of reference and members of a separate, judicial commission of inquiry would be announced in a few days, presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

Chabane’s commission would visit Marikana on Monday to help the relatives of the victims.

“They will co-ordinate and lead all support to families and relatives including the identification of family members, counselling and burials.”

In addition, President Jacob Zuma declared the week starting Monday a period of mourning for the 44 people, including two police officers and 34 mineworkers, killed in violence at Lonmin’s Marikana mine.

From August 20 to 26 flags would fly at half mast at all flag stations in South Africa and missions outside the country.

On Thursday, August 23, memorial services would be held around the country.

“We must avoid finger-pointing and recrimination. We must unite against violence from whatever quarter. We must reaffirm our belief in peace, stability and order and in building a caring society free of crime and violence,” the presidency said.

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