Decision on Marikana move pending

2013-04-03 20:28
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Rustenburg - A decision on whether to move the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's hearings from Rustenburg had not yet been reached, chairperson retired judge Ian Farlam said on Wednesday.

He said he met Justice Minister Jeff Radebe earlier in the day to discuss the matter.

Arguments on the relocation would be heard later this month.

"In the circumstances, I'd say expect oral arguments on the matter on 16 April," Farlam said.

In February one of the lawyers for the miners, Dali Mpofu, asked Farlam to move the hearings to either Pretoria or Johannesburg. Mpofu said those involved in the hearings were incurring numerous costs, including the travelling time to Rustenburg.

There was also less time for consultations. Mpofu said his legal team conservatively cost around R50 000 per day to run.

"Already there has been one extension until the end of May 2013. Some of us are not optimistic that we will meet that second deadline," he said.

"It seems probable that another extension will be taken. We are faced with the reality that this commission can run into the second half of the year."

Legal representative for the families of the miners, Dumisa Ntsebeza, told the commission they also wanted the move.

Karabo Kgoroeadira, for the Bapo ba Mogale community, on Tuesday evening submitted an affidavit opposing the application.

Read more on:    dumisa ntsebeza  |  ian farlam  |  dali mpofu  |  mahikeng  |  marikana inquiry

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