Farlam commission continues without Mpofu

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The Farlam Commission of Inquiry started cross-examining police special tactical operations head Maj-Gen Charl Annandale when it resumed in the Rustenburg Civic Centre Picture: enca

Rustenburg - Miners' advocate Dali Mpofu has had to go back to hospital for another procedure.

This after Mpofu was attacked and stabbed in an armed robbery while he was walking on a beach in East London, nearly two weeks ago.

Mpofu is representing several miners at the Farlam Commision of Inquiry, set up to investigate the circumstances surrounding the deaths of 34 miners who were shot dead in a wage-related strike at Lonmin's Marikana mine on August 16 last year. Another 10 people were killed during protests in the preceding week.

Mpofu was due to continue his cross-examination of National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega, today. Phiyega did not continue with the proceedings as her testimony was dependant on Mpofu's questioning. 

Judge Ian Farlam said today that it was not clear when Mpho would be back. 

He said he was distressed to hear of the stabbing and robbery.

”Will you please convey to Mr Mpofu, from all three of us Commissioners, our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

"We very distressed to hear of the incident but we had hoped that he would been able to be back with us today. [We are] sorry that there’s been the setback in his treatment and we wish him all the best and hope, as I say, that he’d have a speedy recovery and be back with us as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile Major-General Charl Annandale, Component Head of Specialised Operations took the stand, today. He gave evidence about the role played by different police units during time of unrest. 

 

-Additional reporting Sapa

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