The powers and ability of the Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate the deaths of 44 people near Lonmin’s Marikana mine in August must be clarified to ensure justice and redress for all those affected, Amnesty International said today.
Less than a week before the Commission of Inquiry, chaired by Justice Ian Farlam, begins its work the scope of the powers it will have to gather evidence without hindrance, to compel the cooperation of witnesses or offer protection to those fearing reprisals remain unclear.
It is also uncertain if the Commission has adequate resources to properly support all those who wish to provide evidence to the Inquiry. Many potential witnesses may need financial support to engage with the Commission, including for legal advice and transport.
The Commission is also under pressure to embark on its work at extremely short notice and to present its findings within four months.