Government Must Pay Marikana Legal Fees

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 enquiry.  


“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