PRESS RELEASE: Marikana Imbalanced Scales of Justice Continues
The United Democratic Movement (UDM) reiterates its call on the Farlam Commission to balance the scales of justice.
Judgement handed down last week by Judge Raulinga dismissing an urgent application for funding brought by the injured and arrested miners is yet to reach the applicants, and in the meantime interim funding is yet to materialise. To add insult to injury, when Judge Raulinga explained that he needed to finalise the judgement before disseminating it and Mpofu asked for a transcript in the interim, Mpofu was unable to access the records.
Upon reflection of the events to date, it seems the scales of justice are woefully unbalanced, as the group of about 300 miners who were injured and arrested seek funds, and the State has spent at least R6.7m to date on legal representation of the police.
Given the importance of the case, not only to the individuals affected directly by the loss, death or injury to themselves and/or loved ones, but also for South African legal precedence, the UDM wishes to express exceptional concern in the way that this Commission is being handled.
We call upon the Judge Ian Farlam to either balance the scales of justice or requite himself.
STATEMENT ISSUED BY MR BONGANI MSOMI, UDM SECRETARY GENERAL
Mr Bongani Msomi
UDM Secretary General
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