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Farlam inquiry awaits funding decision

2013-07-29 14:56

Pretoria - The Farlam Commission of Inquiry has adjourned until Wednesday pending the decision of an unnamed foundation regarding funding.

Commission chairperson retired judge Ian Farlam stood down proceedings on Monday morning until 09:00 on Wednesday.

"I have been reliably informed that another body might provide funding... we should hear [its decision] by the end of tomorrow [Tuesday]," he said.

The commission is investigating 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.

Funding

On Monday, Dali Mpofu, for the wounded and arrested miners, said his team would file papers with the Constitutional Court to ask for a ruling on whether the State should fund their work at the commission.

Mpofu made a similar request in the North Gauteng High Court earlier this month but it was dismissed.

He reiterated his request for the commission, from which his team had provisionally withdrawn, to be postponed until 19 August.

"If the situation changes, we will inform yourselves. Until then, the only purpose for us coming in and out of here is to distract us from the Constitutional Court matter," Mpofu said.

He argued that a postponement of two to three weeks would "preserve the integrity" of the commission, from which the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and the Legal Resources Centre, represented by George Bizos, SC, had also provisionally withdrawn.

Michelle le Roux, for the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), said her client now supported the postponement application.

"This commission must be inclusive and allow all voices to be heard," she read from a statement.

If the postponement was granted, the SAHRC would call for the commission's deadline to be extended.

Comments
  • AllcoveredinNinjas - 2013-07-29 15:07

    At R38,000 and R45,000 a day for each senior advocate the state is paying for then one can imagine the full bill at the end of the commission . Then there's the judgement , reparations , pay-outs ect , my guess is including everything from lost tax revenues to tea and biscuits, the Marikana tragedy will cost in the billions .

  • Jomo Kgomo - 2013-07-29 15:37

    Boring news, the rich one aiming at getting richer at the expense of the poor. These advocates have already earned millions of rands from this commission. When they took the case they saw billions from suing the state. How can the state fund somebody who wants to sue it? True comedy.

  • bob - 2013-07-29 15:59

    So if it is after all this time "NO", then what?... an appeal? Do you know how much Nkandla cost?

  • Andrew M - 2013-07-30 07:53

    We all know how we, the tax paying public are being milked almost to breaking point by government. Now the legal profession is trying to get on the bandwagon as well, are we not paying for the commission and all the state entities involved already. This because unions were at loggerheads and could not control their members on an unprotected strike.

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