Mthethwa appoints Marikana lawyer

2012-11-08 19:52

Johannesburg - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has appointed his own lawyer to represent him at the Farlam commission of inquiry, his spokesperson said on Thursday.

"There are issues that have arisen during the course of the commission that have oversight and policy implications," Zweli Mnisi said.

As a result, Mthethwa had found it necessary to appoint advocate Lindi Nkosi-Thomas, SC.

"The minister, as the executive authority of the [SA Police Service] has a legal obligation both from a legislative and oversight framework. That is why he needs to get ongoing updates."

The commission, chaired by retired Judge Ian Farlam, has been tasked with investigating a shooting in Marikana, North West, that left 34 miners dead during a confrontation with police.

Mnisi said the new legal team would not participate in arguments at the commission, but only act as observers.

"Ideally the minister should be at the commission on a daily basis, but due to other pressing engagements in his portfolio he is unable to do so."

This approach would allow Mthethwa to have first-hand information, rather than relying on outside sources.

  • gazaspells - 2012-11-08 20:06

    very sensitive issue, the marikana issue, they are culprits on both sides of the fence,

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-11-08 20:21

      Slave of South Africa's number one useless corrupted tax thief Mr. ZUMA Compound!!!!

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-11-08 22:33

      Charles he is an oxygen thief in his own right. He is a useless arrogant cadre who has failed South Africa. He didn't need any reflected failings from his boss.

  • mshiniboys - 2012-11-08 20:09

    I think he should represent himself

  • lucas.t.ndawonde - 2012-11-08 20:48

    If he is unable to represent himself,then he must resign.

  • kearney.m.malesa - 2012-11-08 20:52

    Once again taxpayers are liable for the legal expenses.

  • mark.elkington.71 - 2012-11-08 21:01

    I hope the costs of the lawyer are not coming out of the ANC Home renovation slush fund.

  • dave.elmore.5 - 2012-11-08 21:15

    Scared much Mr Mthethwa?

  • phoofolo.lebohang - 2012-11-08 21:30

    1.Thats wasting of money... 2.They are gone forever, 3.commsission its can't raise the dead... 4.They must compensate the family of deceased... 5. Change the justice system, by drawing a line between the criminals and the law enforcers.

  • tsietsi.gagai - 2012-11-08 22:36

    Wat a slow thinker!!! Shud have be representend from da start. Jus goes to show quality of his legal advisers.

  • tsietsi.gagai - 2012-11-08 22:37

    Wat a slow thinker!!! Shud have be representend from da start. Jus goes to show quality of his legal advisers.

  • boipelo.mmekwa - 2012-11-09 10:21

    My Q? is who's footing the bill for this observer,cause I m sure his observance comes at a hefty fee,the more on the train the merrier and less chances of accountable cause we all in it together,who's gonna blow the whistle

  • mmoledis - 2012-11-09 11:52

    The issue of Marikana is a past thing because those who lost their lifes will not get them back, it is only the waste of monies by government. Those who are found to be guilty let them pay compensation to their victims and that case be closed before much money is wasted where it can be channeled to other service deliveries.

  • taylorbequest - 2012-11-09 20:52

    Another way of uplifting comrades.An SC to observe the proceedings!!!!

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