SMS donation line for Marikana victims

An NPO has set up an SMS donation line to contribute legal fees for Marikana survivors.

Lonmin miners during the anniversary of the Marikana shooting. Picture: Christa Van der Walt/ EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A non-profit organisation has set up an SMS line for donations which will go towards legal representation for the survivors of the Marikana shooting.

Monies collected will also be donated to children of the victims who were killed during last year's violence.

A number of organisations and opposition parties have thrown their support behind Advocate Dali Mpofu's call for state funding.

Mpofu is heading the legal team representing miners who were injured and arrested at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.

The advocate 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.

He has withdrawn from the hearings while he tries to secure funds.

The Fundisa Proactive Minds group says the proceeds from the smses will be contributed towards the legal fees of the victims.

The group said leftover funds will go towards the educational needs of the victims children.

Last week, miners marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to demand state funding for their legal team.

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

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.