SERI welcomes Legal Aid SA’s announcement that it will fund the legal representation of the arrested and injured miners at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, even if it decides ultimately to seek to appeal the High Court judgment on certain matters of principle concerning the scope of its mandate.

On 14 October 2013, the Pretoria High Court ordered Legal Aid SA to fund the legal representation of the miners. The Court found that Legal Aid SA’s decision to fund the legal representation of the families and not the miners “cannot be justified on any rational basis” and refusal to provide funding to the miners was unlawful.