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Mpofu stabbing may affect Marikana inquiry

It is unclear if advocate Dali Mpofu will be able to carry out his duties at the Marikana inquiry.

Protesters from Lonmin's Marikana Mine carried traditional weapons as they demonstrated, demanding better wages. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - It is unclear at this stage if the stabbing of high-profile advocate Dali Mpofu will have any impact on the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the deadly strike at Lonmin's Marikana mine.

Mpofu was mugged and stabbed several times in East London on Thursday and is recovering in hospital.

Mpofu is in a critical but stable condition after being stabbed by two men near Eastern Beach.

Several of his belongings were stolen.

His wife, Mpumi Mpofu, has rushed to his bedside.

He has been representing the miners who were injured and arrested during the protest August in which 34 of their colleagues were killed.

Mpofu was expected to argue on Tuesday to have the venue moved from Rustenburg to Pretoria.

He says some of the lawyers and their clients are running out of funds and may find it difficult to continue representing the miners if the venue is not moved.

It is unclear if proceedings will go ahead as planned.

Police are still hunting for his two attackers.

The inquiry was set up by President Jacob Zuma following the shooting.

A total of 44 people lost their lives during the illegal strike.

Miners were demanding a monthly salary of R12,500 at the time.