Voters in the platinum belt have been left disillusioned by the ANC, and are going to be taking a cynical approach to the national elections.
The issue of labour representation is central to the problems in the industry.
An estimated 100 000 miner workers affiliated to Amcu went on strike on Thursday to demand major wage increases.
Dali Mpofu has told the Farlam commission that police should have foreseen that strikers would retaliate to it using barbed wire to control crowds.
The Farlam commission, which is investigating the deaths of 44 people during labour-related unrest at Marikana, is set to resume its public hearings.
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The operational commander at Marikana has admitted he became aware of the deadly shootings at Lonmin mine nearly an hour after the incident occured.
Striking Marikana mineworkers had performed muti rituals and believed they were unassailable before the massacre, heard the Farlam commission.
The police monitoring body has not given prosecutors any dockets relating to alleged assaults on miners.
Legal Aid SA has been ordered to pay the legal fees of Marikana miners pending its appeal, says the miners' legal team.
Dali Mpofu's new role as an Economic Freedom Fighter has provoked fresh scrutiny of his political role and his funding call for the Marikana miners.
Murders at Marikana resulting from union rivalry between the NUM and Amcu has violated the peace accord signed in February, says Thandi Modise.
Legal Aid South Africa has appealed the court's decision for it to provide funding for the wounded and arrested Marikana miners, says a report.
President Jacob Zuma has granted an extension to the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, says the presidency.
The Farlam commission has heard the shooting of miners at Marikana was not due to the police's dispersal plan but to the individual action of police.
The police in Marikana have arrested three suspects in connection with the murder of an NUM branch chairperson, say officials.
The worker issues that sparked the Marikana unrest have still not been addressed, political analyst Steven Friedman told a Pretoria labour conference.
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Casac has urged Legal Aid SA not to appeal a high court order that the state should pay the legal costs of the survivors of the Marikana massacre.