Marikana commission salutes Chaskalson

2012-12-03 12:13
Arthur Chaskalson. (Christiaan Kotze, Beeld)

Arthur Chaskalson. (Christiaan Kotze, Beeld)

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Rustenburg - The Farlam Commission into deadly mining protests in Rustenburg started on Monday by paying tribute to former chief justice Arthur Chaskalson.

The three-member commission's chairman, retired judge Ian Farlam, asked everyone in the auditorium to stand and observe a moment of silence "in honour of the late chief justice".

He said Chaskalson was the father of advocate Matthew Chaskalson SC, one of the counsel on the evidence leading team.

Farlam adjourned the proceedings for 30 minutes, also in tribute to Chaskalson, who would be buried in a private, but special official funeral at Westpark cemetery, in Johannesburg, on Monday.

Chaskalson, who died aged 81 in Johannesburg on Saturday, served as the first president of the Constitutional Court and as Chief Justice from November 2001 until his retirement in 2005.

When the Farlam Commission's hearings resume in the Rustenburg Civic Centre, Lonmin counsel Schalk Burger SC is expected to continue cross-examining Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union president Joseph Mathunjwa.

- SAPA

Read more on:    lonmin  |  police  |  ian farlam  |  arthur chaskalson  |  mahikeng  |  mining unrest  |  marikana inquiry  |  mining
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