14, October 2013
Economic Freedom Fighters welcomes the ruling of the Johannesburg High Court that the mineworkers who survived the Marikana massacre last year and the families of those who died must receive legal funding from the state for the Farlam Inquiry. We have said long ago that the state must cover the costs of the entire commission as it will assist in the speedy processing of truth and justice for victims. The ruling provides a legal basis for government to act, if not from a moral conscience, then from a legal conscience.
We therefore call on the state not to appeal the ruling, thus delaying the search for truth and justice. It is in the best interest of the public that through tax payer’s money, government must fund the workers and their families’ legal costs as it acted in killing them, in the name of the republic. The truth about Marikana and justice for the victims will indeed serve a great benefit to the pain that the massacre has caused to victims, but also to the nation as a whole. The matter must not be stretched any further so that the country can close the legal chapter of the brutal mass murder of workers in Marikana.
ISSUED BY THE ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS
Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (National Spokesperson)
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