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Protests outside Marikana hearing

Around 15 people are protesting outside the Rustenburg Civic Centre on Wednesday.

congregation holds a prayer session at the scene of the Lonmin's Marikana shooting on 19 August 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A small group of people are protesting outside the Marikana inquiry at the Rustenburg Civic Centre in the North West on Wednesday.

This after Advocate Dali Mpofu, who is representing the miners, asked commission chairperson Judge Ian Farlam to move the hearings to Pretoria or Johannesburg.

Most legal representatives have also echoed Mpofu's call, saying the distance is costing them a lot of money in travelling expenses.

Mpofu threatened that his team would be forced to withdraw from the matter should the commission not grant the move.

The inquiry was set up by President Jacob Zuma after 34 miners were gunned down at the hands of police during an illegal strike in the North West mining town on August 16.

The hearing is looking at whether officers were justified in using maximum force on demonstrators.

In April, Mpofu was stabbed several times on a beach in East London in an apparent mugging incident.

The lawyer said he does not believe the incident was related to his work at the inquiry.

Earlier this year, a sangoma was shot dead, also in the Eastern Cape, before he could testify at the hearing.