President Jacob Zuma has made it clear that he will not interfere with the country's legal systems. He was reacting to demands to free 270 Marikana miners by today. Lawyers wrote to the president on Friday, demanding that the miners be released by one o' clock this afternoon, failing which they would approach the high court with an urgent application, compelling him to do so.
Zuma has rejected the demand, saying he will not interfere in the work of a judicial commission of inquiry appointed by him to probe the Lonmin shootings according to Presidential spokesperson, Mac Maharaj.
Meanwhile, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane has conveyed President Zuma's condolences to families of the 34 men killed in the Marikana shootings.
Chabane attended Themba Gwelani's funeral in Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape. A total of 31 funerals were held yesterday.
Inter-ministerial committee spokesperson Harold Maloka says: "These funerals took place in different areas which about 21 of those took place in Eastern Cape, three in Lesotho and one in Swaziland.
In response to Minister Chabane's speech, chief Chikazana of the area thanked government for its co-operation with the community of Lusikisiki and that fact that the minister managed to attend was a gesture to show that government is indeed concerned.