Marikana: Arrested, injured miners filed over 300 civil claims
The miners arrested or injured during the violent 2012 strike have filed claims against the presidency.
JOHANNESBURG - Mineworkers who were arrested or injured during the violent 2012 Marikana strike have filed more than 300 civil claims against the presidency and the police ministry for compensation.
The families of the Marikana massacre victims officially filed civil claims, and today the injured and arrested miners have followed suit for what happened almost three years ago in the mining town.
A total of 44 people were killed, 34 of them were shot and killed by police, during a violent and unprotected strike at Lonmin's platinum mine.
Attorney Andries Mkome said the miners want compensation.
"Lawsuits are for financial compensation for unlawful arrests, for detentions, as well as for the injuries that they sustained."
Sunday will mark exactly three years since the deadly shooting and many are expected to gather at the infamous koppie where they will pay tribute to those who fought, and died, for a living wage.
Opposition parties on Thursday called for immediate compensation for the families of the Marikana miners.
Members of Parliament (MPs) earlier debated the report on the Marikana massacre.
The Congress of the People's (Cope) Willie Madisha said he is disappointed in his former colleagues.
"I can actually point out at some of the men and women with whom I sat in the executive, and I'm extremely disappointed."
The Democratic Alliance's (DA) Dianne Kohler Barnard said the African National Congress (ANC) has failed to find a plausible explanation.
"You're [trying to] justify the unjustifiable… Shame on you."
Earlier, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema told the house action needed to be taken.
"Marikana was a murder that was facilitated in clear day light and under political supervision and influence of politicians, many of whom continue to enjoy privileges of this house."
The government has been urged to urgently implement all the recommendations of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.