JOHANNESBURG, Lawyers representing the injured mineworkers and 34 widows of slain miners who were shot and killed by police in Marikana near Rustenburg in South Africa’s North West Province in August 2012 say compensation of more than one billion Rand (about 75.57 million US dollars) has been agreed on with the State.
At least 325 claims had been made for a loss of support as a result of the deaths of loved ones. Further claims included those for injuries resulting from the shooting, wrongful assaults, unlawful arrests and detention.
Following the August 2012 Marikana tragedy at a platinum mine where striking mineworkers were shot and killed and many injured, the State and lawyers representing the victims have been at logger-heads on when and how much the State has to compensate the victims.
The Farlam Commission of Inquiry also ruled that some of victims should be compensated. So far 652 claims had been made amounting to 1.17 billion Rand. Of the claims, six were for injuries sustained as a result of police assault and arrest, totalling claims of more than 19 million Rand.
Another 100 million Rand were claimed by 36 applicants for injuries as a result of shooting. There are also 285 claims for wrongful assault, arrest, detention and malicious prosecution, for amounts totalling 870 million Rand and 325 claims for loss of support as a result of the death of a loved one, totalling 179 million Rand.
Indeed we are busy with discussions with the State in relation to quantifying our claims. The State has already conceded that they are going to make a payment but all that we need to do is to make sure that we are able to differentiate the extent of compensations vis-a-vis the extent of injuries, said Andries Nkome, one of the lawyers representing the victims.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK