Protest outside Marikana hearings

2013-05-08 13:06
(City Press)

(City Press)

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Rustenburg - About 15 people protested outside the Rustenburg Civic Centre on Wednesday where the Farlam Commission of Inquiry is holding public hearings.

The group of local community members said it opposed the commission's proposed move from Rustenburg to Pretoria.

They carried placards reading: "Enquiry must stay in Rustenburg", and "Nothing about us, without us".

Most of the legal representatives involved in the commission have called for it to be moved to Pretoria, arguing that it is expensive for them to travel to Rustenburg.

Legal representatives for the Bapo Ba Mogale community have opposed the move.

Oral arguments on the matter were heard two weeks ago.

Commission chairperson retired Judge Ian Farlam will consult with Justice Minister Jeff Radebe before making a decision.

Farlam did not refer to the protesters outside, and it was not clear whether he was aware of them.

Power failure

The hearings were interrupted by a power failure on Wednesday.

Dali Mpofu, for the miners arrested and injured at Marikana, was cross-examining police officer Major General Charl Annandale when the lights went off for about 15 minutes.

Annandale headed the police's tactical operations team during strike-related violence near Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana in August.

Earlier in the day, Schalk Burger, for Lonmin, accused Mpofu of repeating information already given by Annandale when he delivered his evidence-in-chief two weeks ago.

The commission is investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of 44 people, 34 of them at the hands of police, in the wage-related unrest near Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana, North West, in August last year.

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