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Pretoria - An application by Dali Mpofu to have the Farlam Commission of Inquiry postponed is set to continue on Thursday.
Mpofu, for the miners who were wounded and arrested in Marikana last year, asked the commission to postpone the inquiry until the issue of funding the miners' legal representation was permanently resolved.
Mpofu has provisionally withdrawn from the commission because of a lack of funding.
He arrived at the commission on Wednesday with his legal team and groups of men and women wearing Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union T-shirts and the red berets associated with the Economic Freedom Fighters.
They were accompanied by lawyer Dumisa Ntsebeza.
Mpofu told the commission his clients, who were also witnesses at the commission, were being harassed by the police, and that some had been arrested.
Some of them were out on bail, which the legal team had had to pay, he said.
Mpofu said the police's tactics were scaring away witnesses, who would choose to stay away from the commission.
“Continuing with the commission's work in the absence of my clients is prejudicial,” he submitted.
Ishmael Semenya, for the police, said the arrest of anyone was not meant to harass them or disturb the functioning of the commission.
The commission adjourned until Thursday morning for the application to be completed.
The commission is investigating the deaths of 44 people in strike-related unrest at Lonmin's platinum mining operations at Marikana, in North West, last August.
Police shot dead 34 people, almost all of them striking mineworkers, on August 16, while trying to disperse and disarm them. Ten people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed in the preceding week.