15 August 2013
As the nation prepares to commemorate the
bloody Marikana Massacre on 16 August, in which 44 people
tragically lost their lives, the IFP has said that it is nothing
less than a travesty of justice that the legal team representing
the Lonmin Platinum mineworkers in the Farlam Commission of
Enquiry is still without funding.
Without funding, the legitimacy of the entire
process is at stake.
“It is almost a year now but there are still
no findings on what exactly transpired at Marikana. The delays
are primarily due to lack of money for legal fees which are
halting the proceedings. This seriously calls into question
government’s commitment to this enquiry and whether they really
want answers as to what went wrong on that fateful day,” said
the IFP’s Secretary-General, Sibongile Nkomo MP.
The IFP said it was questionable why
Government committed itself to a commission of enquiry, yet does
not want to assist those who are to ensure the success of the
“The IFP urges Government, as we mark the one
year anniversary of Marikana, to urgently make available the
necessary funds so that Commission can continue their work and
finally bring closure to this painful chapter in our history. We
need to understand government’s failures in this regard and
chart a way forward that will ensure that this tragedy never
occurs again,” Nkomo concluded.
Contact: IFP Secretary General Ms Sibongile
Nkomo MP, 076 553 1240
IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Ms
Boniswa Tiwe, 072 497 1252