Farlam to rule on postponement

2013-09-06 16:08
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Pretoria - A ruling on whether the Farlam Commission of Inquiry will be postponed will be delivered only next week.

Commission chairperson, retired Judge Ian Farlam, said on Friday he would deliver his verdict on Monday.

Dali Mpofu, for miners wounded and arrested during the strike-related unrest at Marikana last year, filed an application for the postponement while he seeks funding for himself and his team.

Mpofu has been to the high court and the Constitutional Court to try to get the State to fund his team.

Both courts have dismissed his application.

Mpofu will appeal the matter in the high court later this month.

Farlam heard oral argument on the postponement application on Friday.

The justice department and two other parties involved in the commission have opposed the application.

The commission, sitting in Centurion, is investigating the killing of 44 people during strike-related unrest at Lonmin's platinum mining operations at Marikana near Rustenburg in the North West.

Police shot dead 34 people, almost all of them striking mineworkers, as they attempted to disperse them on 16 August 2012.

Ten people, including two police officers and two security guards, were killed in the preceding week.

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