South Africa’s main opposition party said Parliament must be recalled within a week to discuss a commission of inquiry report that cleared ministers of blame for the police shooting of 34 miners at Lonmin Plc’s Marikana platinum mines in 2012.
“I watched with great disappointment the tabling of the report and the tragedy is that if you were a wife, a sister or a child of a miner who died, you would be no closer to the truth,” Mmusi Maimane, leader of the Democratic Alliance, told to reporters in Johannesburg on Sunday.
President Jacob Zuma on Thursday released the report that recommended the fitness of Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega to hold office be investigated after the miners were killed on Aug. 16, 2012, and another 10 died in violence leading up to the massacre. The report cleared former mining minister Susan Shabangu and ex-police minister Nathi Mthethwa, who continue to serve in Zuma’s cabinet, of any wrongdoing.
“We must assign political accountability to the then minister of police,” Maimane said. “We must assign operational responsibility for the massacre to the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, Riah Phiyega. If they won’t do the honorable thing then they must be dismissed.”
South Africa must conduct a full criminal investigation into those responsible for the killings at Marikana, as well as the alleged cover-up by senior police officials, Maimane said.
Legislation compelling unions to take responsibility for their members’ behavior during strikes is being drafted, the Democratic Alliance said. The demilitarization of South Africa’s police force and fair compensation for the families of the victims of Marikana are also priorities, according to the party.