Court rules in Mpofu’s favour

The High Court has ruled that Dali Mpofu and his team should be funded by the state.

Earlier this year the Constitutional Court dismissed an application by Advocate Dali Mpofu to appeal a high court ruling over funding for the Marikana Commission of Inquiry. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN"

JOHANNESBURG - The South Gauteng High Court has ruled that the state must provide funding for the Marikana miners at the Commission of Inquiry.

Advocate Dali Mpofu and his team have been fighting for funding to continue representing the injured and arrested miners from last year's tragedy.

In this landmark case, Mpofu and his team have been successful in obtaining state funding.

Mpofu says it has been a long battle.

"For the country, this is a very important decision. There's a higher likelihood now of obtaining the real truth about what happened at Marikana."

He says he expects to return to the commission soon, where he will now be able to represent the miners on the same level as police.

Mpofu and his team provisionally withdrew from the Marikana Commission of Inquiry as the battle for funding continued.

President Jacob Zuma set up the inquiry to determine whether officers were justified in using deadly force on the day 34 miners were gunned down at the hands of police on 16 August 2012.

Lonmin miners had embarked on an unprotected strike to demand higher wages.

Ten other people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed in strike-related violence in the days leading up to the shooting.

The Marikana standoff has been described as the bloodiest shootout in post-apartheid South Africa.