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Mpofu: Funding brings relief to all

The South Gauteng High Court has ruled in favour of Advocate Dali Mpofu in his funding case.

Advocate Dali Mpofu. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - Advocate Dali Mpofu on Monday said the Marikana Commission of Inquiry will now be fair after a court ruled in his favour.

He approached the South Gauteng High Court to obtain funding for miners injured and arrested at last year's Marikana shooting in the North West.

The Johannesburg court ruled in his favour on Monday morning.

Mpofu says he is ecstatic with the judgment after fighting the battle for months.

Earlier this year, he provisionally withdrew his legal team from the matter.

"The first word that comes [to mind] is relief. It means a lot of relief for the applicants and the families of the deceased as well."

Mpofu said the miners would now be equally represented at the commission.

He previously said the hearing was balanced in favour of police.

The advocate will sit down with Legal Aid to discuss how and when the funding will be provided.

Mpofu is hoping to return to the commission as soon as Tuesday.

President Jacob Zuma set up the inquiry shortly after 34 striking miners were gunned down during a confrontation with police at Lonmin's Marikana mine.

The deadly shooting took place on 16 August 2012.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance on Monday welcomed the ruling.

The party's Mmusi Maimane says the ruling is an opportunity for the victims to pursue justice.

"We've always maintained the view that you can't have justice without funding. I feel that today's judgment vindicates that view"

He said the ruling protected rights enshrined in the Constitution.

Maimane was in court to support Mpofu.

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