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Families to attend Marikana inquiry

Families of the Marikana shooting victims are expected to attend the commission of inquiry today.

Families of the 34 mineworkers killed at Lonmin mine attend the Marikana inquiry at the civic centre in Rustenburg, on 22 October 2012. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

RUSTENBURG - Families of the Marikana shooting victims are expected to attend the commission of inquiry in Rustenburg on Tuesday.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe announced yesterday that funds had been re-allocated to transport and accommodate the families who live as far as Lesotho.

It came after the department withdrew all funding on Saturday, saying there was no legal obligation to continue assisting them.

Legal representatives however pushed for funding, saying government had a moral obligation to the families of the victims.

But after several delays, the inquiry continued without the families yesterday, with the cross-examination of the first witness.

Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, who is representing 20 of the victims' families, said he his team hoped the families would attend proceedings today.

"There is a lack of specificity about what is intended to be done. Our request is that the families be here."

Meanwhile, crime scene expert Lieutenant-Colonel Cornelius Botha will continue testifying today - with the commission insisting that no time can be wasted in presenting evidence in this inquiry.