Marikana miners in legal fee victory

The North Gauteng High Court has ruled that the state should pay the legal fees for the 250 mineworkers who had been injured in police shootings and then arrested in the Marikana upheavals of August last year.

Police killed 34 striking miners at the Lonmin-owned mine, shocking South Africa and denting confidence in its mining sector.

The issue of who should fund legal representation for the miners has been a thorn in the side of the Marikana commission of inquiry, set up by President Jacob Zuma to investigate the shooting, and Judge Ian Farlam is expected to announce new dates for the inquiry within the next two weeks.

The government's refusal to pay for lawyers for the surviving mineworkers led to demonstrations in Pretoria last month.

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