SAHRC sends delegation to Marikana

2012-10-19 20:13

Johannesburg - The SA Human Rights Commission will send a delegation to the Marikana commission of inquiry, it said on Friday.

"[The SAHRC] sees itself as a supportive participant in... [this] process of national importance, and not as an additional or parallel investigative body during the same process," it said in a statement.

The commission's chairperson, advocate Lawrence Mushwana, would lead the delegation.

The judicial commission of inquiry, chaired by retired judge Ian Farlam, into the shooting at the Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, was postponed earlier this month.

Lawyers representing 20 Eastern Cape families of some of the miners who were killed asked Farlam to postpone proceedings until they arrived in Rustenburg.

The inquiry would continue on Monday.

Thirty-four Lonmin miners were killed and 78 wounded when police opened fire on them during a protest in Marikana on 16 August.

The SAHRC said the Centre for Applied Legal Studies would act as its attorney during the inquiry.

  • vincent.surics - 2012-10-19 21:11

    This organization is a complete waste of tax payers money

  • Brian Dorning - 2012-10-19 21:52

    I hope that the deceased attackers' families will have to compensate the SAPS for their trauma. The families of deceased mine workers who attempted to attack the SAPS, with weapons no less, seem to me like the are aiming to gain compensation for whatever bull-sh@t reason.

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