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Inquiry had to be postponed - commission

2012-10-03 22:28

Rustenburg - The judicial commission of inquiry into the shooting at the Lonmin mine was postponed on Wednesday to allow for proper legal processes to take their course.

"[This will] ensure that the commission realises its mandate to bring about truth, restoration and justice following the Marikana tragedy," it said in a statement.

"The adjournment will also allow time for finalisation of logistics which will enable family members of the deceased to attend the commission's hearings."

On Wednesday, lawyers representing 20 Eastern Cape families asked the commission's chairperson, retired judge Ian Farlam, to postpone proceedings until the families were in Rustenburg.

Farlam was informed that the department of social development was arranging for them to be at the inquiry.

After the request by advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, the legal representatives for all parties held lengthy discussions about postponing the inquiry.

A decision was taken to resume on 22 October.

The commission said it was at an advanced stage of preparation, along with the department of justice and the department of social development, in finalising transport and accommodation for the families.

Thirty-four miners were killed and 78 were wounded when police opened fire on them while trying to disperse protesters near Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana on 16 August.