Bizos to lead SAHRC at Marikana inquiry

The Legal Resources Centre will represent the SAHRC and some individual victims and families.

Lonmin workers gather to march for better salaries. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

MARIKANA - Veteran human rights lawyer George Bizos will lead a team from the Legal Resources Centre in the proceedings of the commission of inquiry into the Marikana bloodbath.

The centre was instructed to represent the South African Human Rights Commission and some individual victims and families.

The commission of inquiry was set up by President Jacob Zuma shortly after 34 miners were killed and 78 others wounded during a shootout with police at Lonmin's Marikana Mine in August.

Meanwhile, striking Marikana miners said they would meet again on Monday to discuss when they would be returning to work.

The workers said the peace accord signed by Lonmin bosses and unions was insignificant.

The workers are still demanding R12,500 in wages.

The mineworkers met briefly on Thursday, saying they were unaware of the peace accord that was signed on Wednesday but they maintained they were not interested.

They said they want a salary hike and that was what would take to get them to return to work.

Former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema was expected to address the striking workers but he cancelled after heavy rainfall in the area.