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Mpofu: EFF can offer SA more

He says the decision to leave the ANC was a personal decision.

Advocate Dali Mpofu at a briefing, ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Marikana shooting, in Johannesburg on 13 August 2013. Picture:Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Advocate Dali Mpofu says he believes the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) can offer South Africans a lot more than the current government.

Mpofu has handed over his resignation to the ANC's Saxonwold branch whose members include businessman Atul Gupta.

He says the decision to leave the ANC was a personal decision.

"I believe that the direction in which the country is being taken is not likely to deliver to the poor and to deliver the economic freedom that is needed now.

"Without taking away the fact that the ANC did deliver political freedom, it may not be the vehicle that is going to deliver to the poor."

Mpofu is currently representing the injured and arrested miners at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.

He returned to the inquiry last month after the South Gauteng High Court ruled that the state must provide legal funding for the miners.

Mpofu had withdrawn from the inquiry while attempting to secure state funding saying it's unfair that police and other state parties have funding for private lawyers, while miners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.

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.