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ConCourt upholds ruling on legal aid for Marikana miners

Judgment was handed down today on whether the miners should have received funds from Legal Aid.

FILE: The High Court ruling that Legal Aid must fund the Marikana miners has been upheld. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Constitutional Court has ruled the matter of Legal Aid funding to the Marikana miners is moot and has no practical effect on the parties.

Legal Aid South Africa took the matter to the highest court in the land to appeal a High Court ruling that it pay for legal representation for the miners.

It says while it's not seeking a refund as it believes this will set a precedent for future cases.

The High Court ruling that Legal Aid must fund the Marikana miners has been upheld.

It paid millions for the representation of the injured and arrested miners at the commission of inquiry, but believes being forced to do so goes above and beyond its mandates.

Legal Aid's Thembile Mtati said the matter has now been clarified as it pertains to future cases.

Lawyers representing the miners say they are elated that this particular case had no practical effect.

The authority establishing any commissions of inquiry therefore has the duty to provide funding for participants.

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