EFF, Amcu members at Marikana inquiry

2013-10-15 14:39


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Pretoria - The branded berets of the Economic Freedom Fighters and the colours of trade union Amcu were prominent in the gallery at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's public hearings on Tuesday.

A few people in the auditorium also wore T-shirts bearing the logo of Bantu Holomisa's United Democratic Movement.

Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa sat among the families.

With his hands over his mouth, he listened as evidence leader Matthew Chaskalson SC cross-examined Lieutenant Colonel Duncan Scott about the methods the police used to stop strike-related protests in the Rustenburg area last year.


The families of the mineworkers who died at Marikana and those who were wounded returned to the commission on Tuesday after a legal tussle about funding.

The justice minister and the Legal Aid Board had refused to provide state funding of legal counsel for the wounded miners.

However, the South Gauteng High Court ruled on Monday that Legal Aid SA must fund the lawyers appearing for them at the commission.

Dali Mpofu SC, for the miners wounded and arrested at Marikana, and his team temporarily withdrew from the commission because of the lack of funding, but was back on Tuesday.

At the time of his withdrawal, Mpofu said that without the miners' input, the commission's only function would be to "whitewash the police".

The inquiry, sitting in Centurion, is probing the deaths of 44 people during strike-related unrest at Lonmin's platinum mining operations at Marikana, in North West.

The police shot dead 34 people, almost all of them striking mineworkers, wounded 70, and arrested 250 on 16 August 2012.

In the preceding week, 10 people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed.

President Jacob Zuma established the judicial commission, led by retired judge Ian Farlam, shortly after the unrest.

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