Miners’ absence won’t affect Commission – submission
The absence of wounded and injured miners will have minimal effect on the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, it heard on Friday. Marius Oosthuizen, for the department of justice, said the commission had continued in recent weeks despite the withdrawal of Dali Mpofu, who represents the miners wounded and arrested in unrest near Lonmin’s platinum mine in Marikana, Rustenburg. The lawyers representing the police, and the evidence leaders also oppose the postponement. Oosthuizen rejected Mpofu’s claim that justice department lawyers were interfering in the commission. Mpofu had said their presence was inappropriate and ill-advised as they were not taking part in the commission.
Head of the evidence leaders, Geoff Budlender SC, said a postponement would not be just until the end of the month. He said Mpofu’s high court application would probably be opposed and that there would be postponements in the case. Budlender said that if the commission continued in the absence of Mpofu’s team and it later decided it wanted to cross-examine a witness, the witness could be recalled. However, Mpofu contended that continuing the commission without his team would be a gross injustice. ”Let’s kiss goodbye [to] any form of reconciliation if the commission [goes on without the victims],” said Mpofu.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at CitizenSimilar Stories