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Marikana commission delayed until Monday

Dali Mpofu continues with undertaking to get state funding to represent Lonmin miners.

Dali Mpofu and Dumisa Ntsebeza chat during a break at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry on 3 Oct 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Marikana Commission of Inquiry which was scheduled to resume tomorrow has once again been postponed, this time to Monday, because funding for advocate Dali Mpofu's team has not yet materialised.

Mpofu who is representing the arrested and injured miners is fighting for state funding in order to continue representing them at the inquiry which is investigating the violence that erupted at Lonmin's platinum mine last year.

Government is funding the police's legal team. Mpofu said it's only fair that all parties are equally represented at the inquiry.

A donor was expected to fund his team while he takes his case to the Constitutional Court, but this did not come through.

Retired judge Ian Farlam says he may have been too optimistic in thinking that interim funding from an unnamed foundation would have come through.

Advocate George Bizos says his team will not be appearing until the funding issue is resolved. They are concerned about public confidence due to the repeated postponements and have asked for the hearings to be speeded up when the inquiry finally resumes.

The inquiry was set up by President Jacob Zuma after 44 people were killed during an illegal strike action at Marikana.

The miners were demanding better salaries. Several people including Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega have testified at the inquiry.

Phiyega defended the police saying they feared for their lives as the miners were armed with pangas.