THE Farlam Commission of Inquiry must guard against being perceived as the "Moneykana commission” where only those with money are represented‚ said advocate Dali Mpofu on Thursday in the morning session of the commission.
President Jacob Zuma set up the commission after the shooting massacre at Marikana on August 16 2012 in which 34 striking mineworkers died.
Mr Mpofu continued with his application for a postponement to the hearings until funding could be finalised for the injured and arrested miners he represents.
He was flanked by members of the Associate of Mineworkers and Construction Union as well as family members of the deceased miners wearing T-shirts that said "Remember the slain of Marikana”.
"The commission has the unenviable task to decide whether the commission continues or is postponed to allow the majority to get funding‚” he said.
"The decision you make concerning this matter may deal a fatal blow to the credibility of the commission in the eyes of those whom I represent as well as the greater public.”
The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria will hear the case of the more than 300 miners’ legal funding on September 25 and 26.
Mr Mpofu said he wanted a postponement because:
the applicants he represents are assisted by only one advocate while the South African Police Service is represented by 12;
the parties he represents have provisionally withdrawn from the commission’s proceedings; and
the families of the deceased miners whom he doesn’t represent are part of the application for postponement‚ as they have indicated that their own participation would be meaningless without that of the injured and arrested miners.
"Not granting the postponement would prejudice my clients‚ and the main dispute in these proceedings is whether these people I represent were killed in self-or private defence‚” added Mr Mpofu.
Judge Ian Farlam said: "A copy of the transcript of the application will be given to all relevant parties. It my understanding that the Department of Justice seeks to oppose the application brought here. The commission is adjourned to allow Mr Mpofu and his party to leave.” © BDlive 2013