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Marikana inquiry venue change to be considered

Retired judge Ian Farlam met with Justice Minister Jeff Radebe to discuss the issue.

Ian Farlam listens to comments made on day one of the Farlam Commission into the Marikana shooting. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

RUSTENBURG - Retired Judge Ian Farlam on Wednesday said arguments to have the venue for the Marikana inquiry moved will be heard in two weeks.

The commission head met with Justice Minister Jeff Radebe to discuss the possibility of moving the venue from Rustenberg to Pretoria.

This followed complaints from legal teams that Rustenburg was too far for some of the victims' families.

President Jacob Zuma set up the inquiry to uncover the truth behind the August 16 shooting at Lonmin's Marikana mine in the North West, which claimed the lives of 34 striking workers.

According to Farlam, one party objected to the application to have the venue moved.

The decision about the venue change will only be announced after all parties have the opportunity to respond to the application.

Legal teams said a venue in Pretoria would be more desirable because it would cut down on travel time and expenses.

Arguments will be heard on April 16.

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