ConCourt Marikana funding ruling delayed

2013-08-16 12:13
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Marikana timeline of events

2013-08-16 08:41

On the first anniversary of the shooting at Lonmin's Marikana mine, we look back at the events leading up to and following that fateful day. VIEW

Johannesburg - The ruling on whether the State should pay the legal costs of the miners arrested and injured at Marikana last August has been postponed, the Constitutional Court said on Friday.

The matter would be heard on Monday at 10:00, the court said.

Judgment was supposed to be handed down on Friday afternoon.

The legal costs relate to the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, which is investigating the deaths of 44 people during strike-related unrest at Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana last year.

Thirty four people - almost all striking mineworkers - were killed on 16 August when police opened fire on them. Ten people, including two police officers, were killed in the preceding week.

On 21 June Dali Mpofu, for the miners, told the commission that due to financial constraints, it could be his last day representing the miners.

He brought an urgent court application in the North Gauteng High Court several weeks ago seeking funding, but this was dismissed.

Mpofu then took the State to the Constitutional Court, asking that it pay for his legal team.

The commission was postponed on Wednesday pending the court's decision.

Mpofu provisionally withdrew from the commission in July pending the high court decision. Friday marks the first anniversary of the shootings.


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