Farlam to rule on inquiry changes

A ruling on proposed changes at the Marikana Commission will be revealed this week.

The retired South African judge, Ian Farlam, at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Retired Judge Ian Farlam is expected to make a ruling this week on proposed changes to the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.

Proceedings are expected to resume without Advocate Dali Mpofu, who is representing the miners, after funding from a donor and the government was refused.

The Constitutional Court last week dismissed an application by Mpofu to appeal a high court ruling over funding for the commission.

Mpofu has been fighting for funding for several months now, saying he needs to pay his team in order to continue representing the miners.

He first brought forward an urgent application in the North Gauteng High Court seeking state funding, but this was dismissed.

He then went on to make an application at the Constitutional Court.

But the Constitutional Court said the applicants didn't do enough to show why the interim ruling by the High Court should be overturned.

Legal teams and evidence leaders want to speed up proceedings at the commission of inquiry, which is set to wrap up at the end of October.

They propose that witnesses make a short oral testimony and that cross-examination is limited.

The credibility of the commission has been questioned after several delays in the past year.

While the miners will no longer have private legal representation, like the police, the commission insists that their case will be sufficiently presented by the evidence leaders.

The inquiry was set up by President Jacob Zuma after 44 people, including police officers, were killed during illegal strike action at Marikana last year. The miners were demanding better salaries.