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Mpofu’s funding application dismissed

The North Gauteng High Court on Thursday delivered a blow to victims of the Marikana shooting.

Advocate Dali Mpofu. Picture: Sapa

PRETORIA - The North Gauteng High Court on Thursday delivered a blow to victims of the Marikana shooting by dismissing an application for the state to pay their legal costs.

Advocate Dali Mpofu lodged the application for funding.

Judge Joseph Raulinga found the application couldn't succeed.

He says there is nothing preventing the matter from being settled outside court.

Mpofu says he cannot continue representing miners on a pro bono basis, while lawyers for police officers are paid for by government.

In August, 34 miners were gunned down by police at the North West mining town.

Workers were illegally protesting for better salaries.

Shortly after the deadly shooting, President Jacob Zuma set up an inquiry to determine if police were justified in using lethal force against striking workers.