Farlam continues move talks

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Dali Mpofu is expected to rejoin the commission on Monday, after being stabbed in an apparent robbery in East London last week. Picture:

RUSTENBURG - Discussions about whether to move the Farlam Commission of Inquiry from Rustenburg to Johannesburg or Pretoria was expected to resume on Monday.

Dali Mpofu, for the arrested and injured miners, asked commission chairman retired judge Ian Farlam to move the hearings from Rustenburg to Johannesburg or Pretoria.

He said those involved were incurring numerous costs, including travel time to Rustenburg, and there was also less time for consultations.

He said his legal team conservatively cost around R50,000 a day to run.

The Bapo ba Mogale community submitted an affidavit opposing the application.

Mpofu is expected to rejoin the commission on Monday, after being stabbed in an apparent robbery in East London last week.

The commission is investigating the deaths of the 34 miners and those of 10 other people killed during protests the preceding week.

Louis Gumbi, for the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union, was also expected to cross-examine national police commissioner Riah Phiyega.

On Thursday, Dumisa Ntsebeza, for the miners' families, wrapped up his cross-examination of the commissioner.

Gumbi would be followed by Mpofu who was in the middle of his cross-examination when the commission adjourned two weeks ago.

He was stabbed in East London in an apparent robbery on April 11 and has been absent from the proceedings.

He is expected to rejoin the commission on Monday.

-Sapa

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