Pretoria: The Presidency has said in a statement that President Jacob Zuma cannot accede to the demand made by the lawyers acting for the 270 people charged in relation to the Marikana tragedy.
The lawyers wrote an open letter to the President on Friday, demanding that he secures the release of the suspects from custody by 1pm on Sunday.
The Presidency emphasised that the President had instituted a Commission of Inquiry headed by Judge Ian Farlam, with broad terms of reference in order to establish the facts and make recommendations to him regarding the tragic incidents that took place in Marikana from around the 10 to the 16 August 2012.
“In deference to our constitutional democracy, President Zuma will not interfere in the work of the Marikana Commission or any other processes, including the prosecution of persons associated with the tragedy,” it said.
It added that the President was required to uphold the Constitution at all times and he respected the independence of all institutions created to ensure the smooth functioning of the country’s Constitutional democracy, including those in the legal sphere, which need to execute their responsibilities without fear, favour or interference. – SAnews.gov.za