Dali Mpofu pulls out of Marikana hearings pending court ruling

2013-07-15 14:50

The Marikana Commission of Inquiry has resumed its hearings after a three-week recess in the absence of the injured and arrested miners, and their lawyer.

Advocate Dali Mpofu, who represents the injured and arrested miners, earlier today informed the commission that they would not be joining proceedings until judgment had been delivered in their case before the North Gauteng High Court.

Mpofu has asked the court to compel President Jacob Zuma and Justice Minister Jeff Radebe to financially assist the legal representatives of the injured and arrested miners. Judge Joseph Raulinga is said to be preparing the judgment to be delivered this week.

“We felt it was our duty to come to the commission and explain our position. We have consulted with a small delegation of our clients. They have instructed us to await the judgment and not participate until they have a response from the court. Once the judgment has been delivered, they will instruct us on what to do next,” said Mpofu.

Said one of the miners outside the hearing: “How are we supposed to find out the truth about what happened in Marikana when government refuses to pay us like they are paying everyone else? We won’t come back to the commission until we get that money.”

Judge Ian Farlam thanked Mpofu for not requesting an interdict from the court, which would have halted the commission’s proceedings until judgment had been delivered at the high court.

North West Deputy Police Commissioner William Mpembe is being questioned about the use of stun grenades and tear gas in the days leading up to the fateful shooting of August 16 last year.

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