We’ll ‘enable’ Marikana families to attend inquiry – Radebe

2012-10-29 08:19

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe has announced that the families of those who died at Marikana would be “enabled” to attend the commission of inquiry.

His announcement during an interview on SAfm this morning comes two days after the department of justice announced that it could no longer afford to fund the 40 family members of miners killed during the tragedy to attend the inquiry chaired by retired Judge Ian Farlam.

Thirty-four miners died in August when police opened fire on them during a strike at the Lonmin mine in Marikana. A dozen more were killed in related violence.

Radebe told SAfm that the regulations for the inquiry, which resumed in Rustenburg this morning, would be reviewed to enable the families to attend.

The department’s confirmation on Saturday that it would withdraw travel and accommodation funding for the families, many of whom live as far as the Eastern Cape, was met with shock.

Attorneys for the families said they would ask the department to review its decision and, failing that, would seek recourse in court.

The Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution at the time said the suspension of the families’ travel funding was “outrageous” and called for the inquiry to be suspended.

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