Judgment in Marikana funding case

2013-07-18 06:57
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Johannesburg - The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria will hand down judgment on Thursday on an application for the state to fund legal representation for the victims of the Marikana shootings.

Dali Mpofu, who is representing the wounded and arrested miners at the hearings of the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, had brought an urgent application for the state to fund their legal representation.

He wants President Jacob Zuma and Justice Minister Jeff Radebe to approve state payment of the mineworkers' legal team.

Mpofu last week told the court the miners wounded and arrested at Marikana last year were entitled to legal representation at the state's expense.

He told the court the legal team had not received any funding from June to October and that the commission was unlikely to finish its work by its extended deadline of 31 October.

The commission is investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of 34 striking mineworkers shot by police at Marikana in North West on 16 August last year and the deaths of 10 people in strike-related violence the previous week.

Mpofu on Monday provisionally withdrew from the commission pending the outcome of the court case.

Two other parties participating in the commission - the Legal Resources Centre and the families of the miners killed - also withdrew provisionally.



Read more on:    legal resources centre  |  jeff radebe  |  jacob zuma  |  dali mpofu  |  marikana inquiry

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