Mpofu running out of funds

Advocate Dali Mpofu filed an application for government funding in the North Gauteng High Court.

Advocate Dali Mpofu filed an application for government funding in the North Gauteng High Court. Picture: Sapa

PRETORIA - Advocate Dali Mpofu on Thursday filed an application in the North Gauteng High Court for state funding.

He says he cannot continue representing miners at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry without legal fees.

President Jacob Zuma set up the inquiry after 34 miners were gunned down by police during an illegal wage strike at the North West platinum mine on 16 August.

Mpofu is representing the miners who were injured and arrested during the deadly shooting.

The advocate says he doesn't want to interfere with the work of the inquiry, which is set to resume on Monday.

But he says he cannot continue his representation without extra funding.

Lonmin employees gathered outside the Pretoria court this morning to support Mpofu and the Black Lawyers Association, who teamed up with him.

It may take some time before the judge makes a ruling in the inquiry, which has been extended for another four months.

Mpofu has been complaining about legal costs for several months now and successfully fought for the venue to be moved from Rustenburg to Centurion to lower travel expenses.

Meanwhile, controversial politicians Julius Malema, Floyd Shivambu and businessman Kenny Kunene also arrived at the court on Thursday morning to support Mpofu and the miners.

Malema, who officially launched his Economic Freedom Fighters movement on Thursday, vocally supported the miners when the violence started late in 2012.

In June, Mpofu told Eyewitness News he believed Malema had a good future in politics.

Mpofu represented the former ANC Youth League president when the ANC charged him with bringing the party into disrepute.

Malema was expelled from the party.

Despite the loss, Mpofu said Malema had a shrewd political brain.