On Monday, the North Gauteng High Court ruled that the approximately 300 mineworkers who were injured and arrested at Marikana last year should have their legal costs covered by Legal Aid SA. As opposition parties rushed to laud the judgment, it's not yet clear whether the State intends to appeal.
Let's hope not: with this sideshow out of the way, perhaps the Farlam Commission will be finally able to get down to the central business of actually figuring out what happened at Marikana last August. REBECCA DAVIS took a look at the judgment.
It's chastening to remember that when the Farlam Commission was set up by President Jacob Zuma on 26 August 2012, it was with the intention that it would have concluded its work by 31st January 2013. Eight months past that deadline, we don't seem much closer to the truth about Marikana.
In August, retired judge Ian Farlam attributed the delays to issues of translation, the number of witnesses, and - most controversially - the funding problems related to the lawyers representing the wounded and arrested mineworkers.
It's possible that at least one of those issues may no longer serve as a delaying factor. As of Monday, the...