Mpofu in court for Marikana funding

2013-07-11 14:16
Dali Mpofu (File, City Press)

Dali Mpofu (File, City Press)

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Lawyer Dali Mpofu will apply for the State to fund legal representation for the victims of the Marikana shootings.

Pretoria - Lawyer Dali Mpofu will on Thursday apply for the State to fund legal representation for the victims of the Marikana shootings.

A large group of miners and their families were gathered in front of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, where the application would be heard.

They sang and danced in Paul Kruger Square. Some held up placards reading: "Don't let the police get away with murder".

Mpofu, who represents the miners at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, was due to start his application at 11:30.

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

"First, the application has been deliberately set down for the time during the recess so as to minimise any possible disruption to the important work of the commission," he said.

"And also to say that depending on the outcome of course, it may mean the end of the road for the applicants that we represent in terms of their participation in the commission. But we are optimistic."

The application seeks to compel President Jacob Zuma and Justice Minister Jeff Radebe to approve funding to pay for the lawyers representing the wounded miners.

Police shot dead 34 striking miners in Marikana, North West, on 16 August last year. The commission is investigating the events that led to the shooting, and the deaths of 10 people in strike-related violence the previous week.

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