Judgment reserved in Legal Aid’s Marikana case
In 2013 a High Court ruled that Legal Aid must provide funding for the wounded and arrested miners.
JOHANNESBURG - Judgment was been reserved in the Constitutional Court case involving Legal Aid and the Marikana miners on Thursday.
In 2013 a High Court ruled that Legal Aid must provide funding for the wounded and arrested miners at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry.
Legal Aid initially refused to fund the injured and arrested Marikana miners saying it didn't have the money to do so.
It eventually paid for their representation, but said this would now set a precedent for future public hearings.
On Thursday Legal Aid argued it would set a precedent and allow a court to overrule its discretion.
It said it didn't want a refund but did want legal clarity.
The organisation's Thembile Mtati said they would wait for judgment.
"We have delivered our arguments to the best of our ability and the other side has responded so we'll see what the court says. Whatever happens, at least it will bring finality to the matter and we will then know what the current status is, or the way to go."
Meanwhile, the Marikana Commission of Inquiry has handed over its final report to President Jacob Zuma, who says he is still processing it and will make it public in due course.