Legal Aid won't fund miners

2012-10-30 21:27

Johannesburg - Legal Aid SA said on Tuesday it will not help the miners who were injured or arrested during the shooting in Marikana.

It would however continue to provide support to the families of the 34 miners killed on 16 August, but not to the 78 people who were wounded in the shooting, or the 275 who were arrested.

"We still hold the view that we cannot go beyond making an exception for the families of the deceased miners," it said in a statement.

"Our policy on provision of legal aid is contained in the Legal Aid Guide... [which] does not make provision for Legal Aid SA to make available legal representation at commissions of inquiry, nor are we funded to do so by the department of justice."

Legal Aid SA said it made an exception for the families, as they had lost their breadwinners.

Retired judge Ian Farlam, who chairs the judicial commission of inquiry into the Marikana shooting, previously said both the families and the miners deserved to have representation at the inquiry.

The organisation said it provided R1.2m to pay the legal team acting on behalf of 23 families.

"Legal Aid SA operates within a very limited budget... nevertheless, a decision was taken to fund the bereaved families as they represent a vulnerable group in society, and which funding could be accommodated within the constraints of our limited budget."

The organisation said miners would be represented by the National Union of Mineworkers and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union at the inquiry.

"Legal Aid SA may also be able to assist affected miners and families in criminal and civil matters following the inquiry," it said.

On 16 August, police shot dead 34 miners and wounded 78 when trying to disperse strikers near the Lonmin mine.

The commission resumed public hearings on the matter in Rustenburg on Monday.

  • The4thHorsemen - 2012-10-30 21:37

    So spend the budget. It's just gonna take away the rights of other criminals that would depend on legal aid to get them out! What to do? Oh what to do!

      lownabester - 2012-10-30 21:43

      Num and Vavi can do the paying. They were behind it.

  • bennie.kruger.5 - 2012-10-30 21:38

    legal wise , and a rabbit foot may help !! or call the Accosiates of Do'em screw'em and Howe !!

  • dbo.kacebisa - 2012-10-30 21:54

    These miners must go and consult their sangoma or the same guy who told the after bathing them in intelezi that they'll be invisible. Better still didnt FYL say they were going to get lawyers for them? Dali Mpofu...we see you

  • strikeback.strikeback - 2012-10-30 22:01

    We are paying for it. One way or the other. The taxpayer and the ones who do not strike and actually create the profits that are taxed, pay the price.

  • sibusiso.zondi.77 - 2012-10-31 01:19

    This money should not and must not fund the miners! What if it gets exhausted and the corrupt politicians are left with nothing to fall back on? Both Malema and guess who might need this money to fight their imminent corruption charges

      Antipoaching - 2012-10-31 08:17

      it shouldnt be used for the miners because the Legal Aid Board has no mandate to fund representation at enquiries...... LAB is one the few Govt institutions that has very strict controls over expenditure Sibusiso... I feel that Zuma could carve a bit off his Nkandla budget for the families of the miners and the miners.. If he actually cares, that is!

  • osama.pascal - 2012-10-31 03:10

    R1.2 million for so many people while the President alone will get R20 million? And the President tells us we are an angry nation. How can we not be really?

  • brendon.nel.7 - 2012-10-31 07:03

    No problem with that. Why not set up video conference centres in the home provinces for the arrested and injured.

  • fiona.mclennan.908 - 2012-10-31 07:24

    but we have to pay for Mr Zuma's legal representation and I think he earns quite a lot more than the striking miners????

  • cherry.tcmr - 2012-10-31 08:33

    Legal aid funds the unemployed. Those arrested miners have not as yet been fired which means they pay for their representation. Not legal aid's fault they owe the micro lenders so much money.

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-10-31 08:50

    Do with them like the Chinese would : summarily put them up against a wall,shoot them and charge their families for the bullets.......bottom line.

  • parys.fotograaf - 2012-10-31 08:54

    The taxpayer, who finances legal aid, does not want legal aid to fund them either.

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-10-31 09:22

    I feel sorry for the families, but obviously their husbands were the ones first in line to attack the police, and thus get what they were asking for. They were provoking the system for weeks, ignoring warnings, etc... they are not innocent parties and thus shouldn't be treated like heros.

      thelma.flynn.96 - 2012-10-31 10:40

      I totally agree with you happyness

  • thelma.flynn.96 - 2012-10-31 10:50

    Why fund them. The strike was and still is illegal. They can have their jobs back but are too lazy to work. They want the money but don't want to do anything for it. TYPICAL

  • jeff.summers.16100 - 2012-10-31 12:41

    So let me get this right, JZ gets 20mil for his battles with newspapers and drink spiller's but the government will not give money to help these families? So now the real question is will thses families still vote ANC in the next election?

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