Marikana survivors march to Union Buildings for legal funding

2013-09-12 08:35

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The survivors of the Marikana shootings will march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria today to push for state legal funding.

The march will be spearheaded by Citizens4Marikana.

The group had instructed their lawyers to secure permission for the Union Buildings march in order to appeal directly to President Jacob Zuma for legal assistance in their quest to uncover the truth of what happened in August 2012, said spokesman Erik de Ridder.

The survivors will be joined by the Democratic Alliance who have thrown their support behind the cause.

DA spokesman Mmusi Maimane said they would march to add their voice for Marikana survivors to be assisted.

The march will begin at the Caledonian Stadium.

In August last year, 34 striking miners were shot dead near the Lonmin platinum mine by the police.

Ten people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed in the preceding week.

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry was established to investigate the circumstances surrounding the deaths.

Lawyers representing survivors have had numerous applications for funding rejected.

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