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Marikana lawyers want venue change

Legal teams want the Marikana inquiry moved to Pretoria or Johannesburg.

Dali Mpofu and Dumisa Ntsebeza chat during a break at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry on 3 Oct 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

RUSTENBURG - Legal teams want the venue for the Marikana Commission of Inquiry to be moved due to travel logistics and a lack of funding.

The hearings, which have been taking place in Rustenburg, have been extended for an additional four months to investigate the violence at Lonmin's platinum mine last year.

Advocate Dali Mpofu, who is representing the Marikana miners, said their resources were running out.

"Costs are not less than R50,000 per day. This commission needs to be moved to Pretoria or to the Johannesburg area."

The inquiry is taking place at the Rustenburg Civic Centre.

Fellow advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, who is representing the families of the 34 miners who died during the August shooting, said some lawyers were not getting paid.

"We may not be able to represent the families for as long as it would be ideal for us to do so."

Commissioner Ian Farlam said he would arrange a meeting with Justice Minister Jeff Radebe to consider the application and explore other venues.