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Mpofu hits another hurdle

An application by Dali Mpofu to postpone the Marikana hearing has been dismissed.

Retired South African Judge Ian Farlam at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Marikana Commission of Inquiry has dismissed an application by Advocate Dali Mpofu to temporarily halt the hearings.

Mpofu wanted to postpone the hearing while he tried to secure funding for his legal team.

He has been attempting to secure state funding for several months, saying it's unfair that police and other state parties have funding for private lawyers while miners have to rely on representation from evidence leaders.

But retired Judge Ian Farlam, who is heading the inquiry, said it wouldn't be unfair for the hearing to continue as witnesses can be recalled and daily transcripts can be studied while Mpofu heads to the high court again to appeal the matter.

Mpofu's application for state funding has already been dismissed by the Constitutional Court and high court.

Legal teams and evidence leaders want to speed up proceedings at the inquiry which is set to wrap up at by 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.