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Marikana inquiry postponement opposed

The Justice Department has opposed a move by Dali Mpofu to postpone the inquiry.

FILE: Advocate Dali Mpofu who has been representing miners arrested and injured after the Marikana tragedy last year. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - The Justice Department will oppose an application to postpone the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.

Advocate Dali Mpofu has asked for the hearings to be put on hold until he is able to secure funding for his legal team saying if the hearings continued without him it would be unfair to the miners.

He has been representing miners arrested or injured at last year's Marikana shootings

Mpofu has been trying to secure state funding, arguing it's unfair if the police have private lawyers representing them.

The Justice Department has argued that the evidence leaders have a duty to represent everyone's case fairly and therefore private representation isn't necessary.

Mpofu says he is desperate to get back to the inquiry and that a group called the Citizens for Marikana have started raising funds through a website while miners themselves have been collecting donations.

The inquiry was established by President Jacob Zuma to investigate who could be blamed for the violence which resulted in 44 deaths.