Worries over cost of Marikana inquiry

2012-10-17 20:03

Cape Town - The justice department on Wednesday said it was worried about the burden of funding the commission of inquiry into the Marikana shooting.

The commission is footing the R75m bill for the Farlam commission, but acting chief financial officer Johan Johnson said the cost to the cash-strapped department may well escalate.

"That was the cost estimate two weeks ago, but with the new developments it might increase," he said on the sidelines of the department's briefing on its annual report to Parliament's portfolio committee on justice.

"The family members must be able to attend. What will be the cost of the accommodation, fuel?"

Johnson said the department also believed the estimated R40m budgeted for the judicial commission of inquiry into the arms deal could still increase.

"We expect an international component to the inquiry, it could move to foreign countries, and if there is litigation that will also increase the cost."

The department's current budget is R8.9bn and it is set to receive annual growth of 5.9% to 4.6% over the next three years, while expected to fund above-inflation salary increases and operational cost hikes, as well as new services.

The department listed a host of cost containment measures, including temporarily suspending some of its court infrastructure projects, postponing the expansion of the services, and delaying the implementation of legislation.

Against this background, Johnson said the cost of the commissions of inquiry would force it to further trim services unless National Treasury increased its funding.

"If we don't have an [budget] increase it may affect service delivery," he said.

Committee chairperson Luwellyn Landers said he was greatly concerned about the impact the additional expenditure would have on the justice department.

"It's absolutely unfair," he said. "Treasury must help them."

Landers said the committee would consider raising the matter with the finance ministry.

African Christian Democratic Party MP Steve Swart said the burden should not automatically fall on the department.

"If the president announces a commission of inquiry, he must tell Treasury to find the money. He cannot simply expect justice to pay."

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will announce his medium term budget allocation adjustments next week.

  • SharonE - 2012-10-17 20:15

    Can they please give us a breakdown of how this figure was made up? I am really curious as to what aspect of the enquiry could possibly cost that much.

      lsfreak - 2012-10-17 20:27

      R75mil for the shooting, R40mil for the Arms deal... Someone else see something wrong here :/

      Onke Mdingi - 2012-10-17 20:44

      It's just the ELITE enriching themselves through other people's misery. As for the figures expect the to rise considetably, the exchange rate being the excuse.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-10-17 22:27

      @SharonE..the sad part, just like the Zimpopo text book saga, NO action against anyone. Worst still, like with SIU (Hofmeyer) the previous CEO of Lomnim will be blamed.

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-10-18 05:33

      Couldn't they negotiate a better price with KFC. Thats a big party

  • - 2012-10-17 20:24

    Please pay me R75mil to watch video footage over and over and over just to see the obvious. Angry, armed idiots running towards the police with weapons in their hands! "You lived by the sword, you died by the sword". Case closed, cheque please.....

  • hein.helmand - 2012-10-17 20:30

    We will never see a brakedown of Marikana inquiry cost nor e toll.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-10-17 20:53

    They can take it from the Nkandla budget.

  • pmalungana - 2012-10-17 20:54

    Just get the police to submit the report of what happened, and use the available police resources to find the answer. It has been there in televesion sets, why spend so much money to investigate a matter which is obvious. The top police must instruct those who were involved to furnish reports, and the witnesses must come forward with theirs. The justice department must handle the issue from there, they have the resources

  • Gill McCain - 2012-10-17 21:03

    How much? For f...s sake - lots of s can give u an explanation for the Marikana situation. Idiots on both sides of the fight, that's it in a nutshell

  • Chris - 2012-10-17 21:04

    just under R 2 million per life basis 38 people killed

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-10-17 21:27

    That inquiry is a wasteful expenditure.We all know and saw what happened in Marikana,no piece of paper would reverse that situation.That inquiry is NOT a prior├Čty,the priority is to save the Titanic (country) from sinking.

      lorain.maseko - 2012-10-18 10:35

      Honestly I can tell them what happened for free, striking miners became unruly and threatened and even killed cops and security personell, cops responded with live ammo because they feared for their lives,people died,done. None of those fatcs will change.

  • Mandla - 2012-10-17 21:51

    from hero to zero his cabinet sow opportunity to steal money an grab goodlucky ask Mogadafe {SARTE=ENK...}

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-10-18 06:11

    Too late you should have gotten quotes from different attorneys, or commissions the initial figure 'shouted' ludicrous, but you went ahead none-the-less. Maybe this is an expensive lesson for the future.

  • john.smit.121772 - 2012-10-18 06:13

    Let the miners fit the bill. They started this, the police did not go there, started the strike and escalated it to murder, in order to shoot a few people. The miners are mos now cash flash

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-10-18 12:36

    AND THE TAX PAYER WILL foot the bill as usual. Don't forget there is a freeze on all bonuses and increases for CEO's in the private sector and Top Government officials after their increases have been approved so there may be extra cash available Ha!Ha!

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