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Mpofu unable to attend Marikana inquiry

Arguments to have the venue moved will only be heard when advocate Mpofu returns.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Arguments to have the venue for the Marikana Commission of Inquiry moved from Rustenburg will only be heard when advocate Dali Mpofu returns.

Mpofu was readmitted at the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg after he was stabbed in an apparent mugging incident in East London almost two weeks ago.

The advocate represents miners at the inquiry which is investigating last year's shooting at Lonmin's platinum mine in which 34 protesters were killed.

He had not returned to the inquiry as he was still receiving treatment in hospital.

Mpofu had brought forward an application to have the inquiry moved from Rustenburg to Pretoria.

He argued his legal team was running out of funds.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega will also only return for further cross-examination at a later stage.

A policeman who was part of the operation in Marikana was also due to testify.