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DA to join Marikana march for funding

The DA will join survivors of the Marikana shooting in a march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Thursday to push for state funding for the legal counsel representing them, it said.

They would march to add their voice for Marikana survivors to be assisted financially by the state, Democratic Alliance spokesperson Mmusi Maimane said in a statement.

DA Joburg leader Mmusi Maimane. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

The march will begin at the Caledonian Stadium.

In August last year, 34 striking miners were shot dead near the Lonmin platinum mine by the police. Ten people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed in the preceding week.

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry was established to investigate the circumstances surrounding the deaths.

Dali Mpofu, for the miners wounded and arrested at Marikana, recently provisionally withdrew after failing to get state funding for his legal fees and those of his team.

Maimane said Justice Minister Jeff Radebe had claimed that the government had no funds to provide legal representation to the survivors.

“We will send a message to President Jacob Zuma and Justice Minister Jeff Radebe that the DA will not accept the exclusion of Marikana survivors from the commission,” he said.

“We want to know how government can afford to pay a legal team to defend the police and run the commission to the tune of R115

million.”

The march's convenor Bishop Johannes Seoka called on South Africans to join in.

“It is time for citizens who believe that the state has an obligation to get to the real truth to stand on the right side of history,” he said.

“We call on South Africans from all walks of life to join the march to the Union Buildings at this historic moment in our precious democracy’s life.” - Sapa

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