MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


Government Caused Unnecessary Delays for Marikana Commission

14 October 2013    

 

The IFP welcomes the South Gauteng High Court’s ruling that the State should provide legal funding for the surviving Marikana mineworkers and the families of those who died.

  

IFP Secretary General, Ms Sibongile Nkomo said, “This matter did not need to end up being adjudicated on by the courts. It was only fair and logical that the State fund the legal team of the surviving Marikana mineworkers and the families of those who died, as the Farlam Commission of Enquiry was setup by the President to discover what exactly transpired in Marikana on that fateful day, and that can only be done by having all the affected parties legally represented during this commission for justice to be done.”

 

“The refusal by the State to provide funding to the mineworkers’ legal team caused unnecessary delays for the commission. Had it not been for those delays the commission could already have completed its mandate and this painful chapter in the history of South Africa could have been closed,” said Nkomo.

 

Now that the court has made its ruling the IFP hopes the proceedings will continue immediately and the State will not cause other unnecessary delays.

 

  

 

Issued by:

IFP Secretary General, Ms Sibongile Nkomo MP, 076 553 1240

 

For media queries contact: 

IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Ms Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252