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More lawyers withdraw from Marikana case

Attorney Teboho Mosikili on Tuesday said his clients instructed his team to withdraw from the matter.

FILE: Retired Judge Ian Farlam and commissioners at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the Marikana shooting. Picture: Taurai Maduna

JOHANNESBURG - Lawyers representing the families of the miners killed at last year's Marikana shooting have withdrawn from the Farlam Commission of Inquiry.

President Jacob Zuma set up to hearing shortly after 34 miners were gunned down during a confrontation with police in the North West mining town on 16 August.

Attorney Teboho Mosikili on Tuesday said his clients instructed his team to withdraw from the matter.

The family members claim without Advocate Dali Mpofu's team present, the commission will be one-sided.

"They say they are doubting the integrity [of the inquiry]. They are saying without his [Mpofu's] participation, the whole commission itself is flawed," Mosikili said.

He says the withdrawal is only provisional.

If funding is granted to Mpofu's legal team by the state, they will return to the proceedings, says Mosikili.

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria is expected to reveal the outcome of Mpofu's application for funding later this week.

According to Marikana commission spokesman Tshepo Mahlangu, proceedings will resume without the lawyers representing the families.

"We have a responsibility to conduct hearings in a fair and justifiable manner."

Judge Ian Farlam is expected to continue with his cross-examination of policemen present at the scene of the deadly shooting.