‘Credibility of Marikana inquiry restored’

Law expert Paul Hoffman says it‘s imperative miners have the same legal representation as the police.

Law expert Paul Hoffman says miners must have the same legal representation as the police. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Experts say the credibility of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry will be restored now that the miners are being funded by Legal Aid and more skilful lawyers are part of the process.

Advocate Dali Mpofu, who is representing the miners, as well as the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union and EFF members have returned to the commission as more evidence emerges about the police's operation in the North West in August last year.

Law expert Paul Hoffman says it's imperative that the miners have the same legal representation as the police at the commission of inquiry.

"One of the best ways of getting to the truth is via the process of cross examination. We've already seen the attempts by the police to cover up the decision making that has come light now."

This week it emerged police asked for mortuary vans to be deployed to Marikana, hours before the shooting happened, raising questions about the officers' plan of action.

The police's legal team has also been accused of withholding some vital evidence which will be challenged by legal representatives including Mpofu, who is back at the commission to present the miners' case.