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Marikana civil suit filed against Police Minister

The families of 37 mineworkers who died have filed a civil claim against Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko.

FILE. Miners gather on the koppie in Marikana ahead of the anniversary of the shooting in which 34 miners were killed. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - With four days to the third anniversary of the Marikana shooting at the Lonmin Platinum Mine the families of 37 mineworkers who died have filed a civil claim against Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko.

The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa said the claim has been filed on behalf of 326 dependents of the workers that mostly live in the Eastern Cape and rural Swaziland.

The institute said even though President Jacob Zuma did not recommend any sanctions against the executive when he released the Marikana report they believe there are still grounds for a civil suit.

Senior attorney Kathleen Hardy said they hope the minister will consider settling out of court once he sees their court papers.

"We hope it won't be a long process but we are also aware as to filing civil claims and how long these processes can take. We do really hope that the minister of police, once he sees our papers, seriously considers contacting the families and talks about compensation."