Clan oppose Marikana commission move

2013-04-03 17:12

The Bapo-ba-Mogale clan has lodged an application to oppose a proposed move to relocate the Marikana Commission of Inquiry hearings to Gauteng.

Lawyers representing the victims of the shooting by police at Marikana on August 16, filed an application before the commission last month to move hearings to either Johannesburg or Pretoria, citing financial and logistical difficulties.

Commission chairperson retired judge Ian Farlam said he met with Minister of Justice Jeff Radebe in Pretoria this morning where the issue was discussed.

Farlam said he had received the Bapo-ba-Mogale application yesterday, ahead of his meeting with Radebe.

He said a decision on the matter had not been made as other affected parties had not filed responding affidavits.

The area of Wonderkop and the area where the Marikana shootings took place, falls under the jurisdiction of the Bapo-ba-Mogale clan, which is involved in long-running battles over royalties with platinum mining giants Lonmin.

Bapo-ba-Mogale legal counsel, Advocate Karabo Kgoroeadira, is expected to submit arguments supporting the application soon.

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