Injured, arrested Marikana miners demand R3 million each

More than 300 civil claims against the presidency and the police ministry have been filed today.

FILE: Miners fill the court room as they await judgement for the release of the Marikana report on 15 June 2015. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The injured and arrested Marikana mineworkers are seeking about R3 million each by the state following the deadly shooting in August 2012.

More than 300 civil claims against the presidency and the police ministry have been filed today.

A total of 44 people were killed, 34 of them were gunned down by police, during a violent and unprotected strike at Lonmin's platinum mine.

The Marikana miners feel that the commission of inquiry's findings didn't offer them any answers or justice for what happened almost three years ago.

Earlier this week families of the victims filed civil claims and today the miners followed suit.

Attorney Andries Mkome says they deserve financial compensation.

"The amount of claims we have made is around R3 million per person."

Meanwhile, Amnesty International and the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) say all police officers implicated in the shooting should be suspended with immediate effect.

Amnesty International says President Jacob Zuma must suspend all officers implicated in the shooting.

Casac also says the state should offer compensation to the families of the Marikana victims as well as the injured and arrested miners.

The council's Lawson Naidoo says those affected should be paid out and government should negotiate with them.

"We do not believe the families have to go through a litigation process to get compensation, but that this is something that government should offer and put on the table to discuss and negotiate with the families."

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Mkome said, "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 earlier debated the report on the Marikana massacre.

The Congress of the People's 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 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."

The Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema told the house action needed to be taken.

"Marikana was a murder that was facilitated in clear daylight 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.