South Africa’s Zuma to compensate Marikana victims

Miners take part in a march at Lonmin's Marikana mine in South Africa's North West Province, September 10, 2012

South African President Jacob Zuma has expressed the government’s readiness to compensate the Marikana victims of the 2012 labor unrest.

As instructed by the South African Police Service (SAPS), attorneys are to make offers of payments in full settlement of claims for the claims where quantification was complete, Zuma said in a statement.

This also applies to those who are not under criminal investigation, according to Zuma.

The president was giving an update on steps taken by concerned departments to implement the Commission of Inquiry recommendations regarding the Marikana tragedy.

On August 26, 2012, Zuma appointed the Commission of Inquiry to investigate the tragic incidents at the Lonmin Mine in Marikana, North West province, earlier that year when about 44 people were killed during labor unrest and clashes between miners and police.

Following the tragedy, Zuma made a commitment to “achieving swift compensation” and announced that the government would establish an alternative dispute resolution process to expedite claims.

But more than four years after the incident, families of the Marikana victims are still waiting for the compensation.

 

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