Marikana miner's families take police minister to court

The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa's says the families want to be compensated.

The retired South African judge, Ian Farlam, at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Families of the mineworkers who were killed in Marikana almost three years ago have now filed claims against the minister of police.

During a violent unprotected strike at the North West platinum mine in august 2012, a total of 34 miners were killed.

Three were killed during an altercation with police, while two officers were also killed.

The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa's Kathleen Hardy says the families want to be compensated.

"The families are basically through the civil claims claiming compensation for loss of financial support; also for grief and emotional shock that was caused by the death of their loved ones. They also filed for medical expenses, loss of family life and parental care damages."