'Funding for Marikana legal teams unnecessary'

Radebe explained why govt will not provide funding for legal teams in the Marikana Inquiry.

Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Mr Jeff Radebe. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Justice Minister Jeff Radebe explained why government will not provide state funding for the legal teams at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.

He said the evidence leaders are able to deal with the investigation without parties being represented as it isn't a criminal procedure.

The Justice Minister said the Commission of Inquiry was set up to investigate the violence that broke out in Marikana and evidence leaders have a duty to collect evidence, analyse it and present it to the commission.

Radebe said government is not unsympathetic to the cause of injured miners, but explained that state funding for their own legal representatives was not necessary.

Advocate Dali Mpofu has been fighting for funding in order to continue representing the miners, saying it's only fair since the police have representation at the inquiry.

Mpofu has provisionally withdrawn from the hearings saying he is still trying to secure funding.