No decision yet on Farlam inquiry funding

2013-07-31 12:14
Judge Ian Farlam (Picture: AFP)

Judge Ian Farlam (Picture: AFP)

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Pretoria - It is still not clear whether lawyers at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry will get interim funding from an unnamed foundation, the commission heard on Wednesday.

The commission's chairperson, retired judge Ian Farlam, said he "may have been too optimistic in thinking they would have received a decision by now".

"I understand we will have an answer, in one way or the other, on whether we will have funding, by Tuesday," he said, in adjourning the commission until 09:30 on Tuesday.

Dali Mpofu, representing the mineworkers wounded and arrested at Marikana, wanted the funding for his legal team.

Mpofu intended filing papers with the Constitutional Court for a ruling on whether the State should fund their work at the commission. He made a similar request in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria earlier this month, but it was dismissed.

He has since asked that the commission be postponed until 19 August, pending the outcome of the court proceedings. Farlam has yet to decide on Mpofu's request.

The commission is investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of 44 people during strike-related unrest in Marikana last year. Police shot dead 34 striking mineworkers on 16 August. Ten people, including two police officers, were killed in the preceding week.

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