Mpofu withdraws from Marikana inquiry

Advocate Dali Mpofu says his team cannot continue without funding.

Advocate Dali Mpofu says his team cannot continue without funding. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - The lawyers representing Lonmin miners and the families of those who were killed in Marikana last year provisionally withdrew from the Farlam Commission of Inquiry probing the deaths on Monday.

Advocate Dali Mpofu, who leads the legal team, announced their decision pending the outcome of an application for state funding in the North Gauteng High Court.

Mpofu told the commission the miners had instructed them to withdraw and will give further instructions to the legal team once the court makes its ruling.

Muzi Msimang, who also represents the miners, said they would ideally have liked to continue with proceedings but could not do so without their clients' approval.

Mpofu filed the application for state funding to the court on Thursday.

He said he didn't want to interfere with the work of the inquiry but could not continue representing the miners without legal fees.

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.

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