Mpofu returns to Marikana Commission

Dali Mpofu will return to the commission after a long absence due to a funding battle with the state.

Advocate Dali Mpofu. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Advocate Dali Mpofu will be returning to the Marikana Commission of Inquiry today after withdrawing for several months due to funding issues.

The South Gauteng High Court ruled on Monday that the state must provide legal funding for the miners who were injured or arrested during last year's shooting in which 34 miners were killed.

Mpofu says the latest ruling is a victory for the Marikana miners as the state has now been ordered to provide legal funding.

"Their case was always that they were sympathetic to these clients, but they thought there was no legal framework to do this. Now there is a legal framework, it's called a court order."

Mpofu will sit down with Legal Aid to discuss how and when the funds will be provided. But he is also keen to return to the commission.

"There's a higher likelihood now of obtaining the real truth about the tragedy of what happened at Marikana."