Police Minister hopes for closure on Marikana

Families of the Marikana miners want an apology from the police ministry and compensation for their loss.

FILE: A cross erected on the Koppie after the massacre as a symbol of the lives lost in Marikana. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The police ministry says closure is needed over the Marikana tragedy.

It issued a statement a day after 37 families filed civil claims against Minister Nathi Nhleko for compensation for the 2012 shooting that claimed the lives of their loved ones.

Nhleko says he's not yet seen the court papers, but that further engagements are needed to ensure the families of the victims find closure to the hurt and humiliation of the sad chapter.

Families of the Marikana miners want an apology from the police ministry and compensation for the loss of financial support, grief and shock, medical expenses and also the loss of family life.

The police minister's office issued a statement saying it was aware of the court action, and further consideration will be taken.

Spokesperson Musa Zondi said, "The minister hopes that if this is solved, one way or the other, it will bring to closure this sad chapter in our history".

It's unclear if the minister will reach an out of court settlement or if the matter will be heard by a court of law.