Govt looking at compensation methods for Marikana victims

Jacob Zuma says a separate conflict resolution body will be established to address the civil claims.

FILE: Small groups of Marikana miners made their way to the infamous koppie, which has become known as a sacred place to remember the slain miners. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency has confirmed that government is exploring an out of court process to deal with the compensation of those affected by the 2012 Marikana tragedy.

President Jacob Zuma says a separate conflict resolution body will be established to address the civil claims filed by the families of 37 mineworkers.

The affected families are claiming compensation for loss of financial support, emotional shock and medical expenses.

Government has called for a judge and other experts to form part of the body to ensure its independence.

Presidential spokesperson Bongani Majola said, "It should be an independent party, a party that is professional in the laws of litigation, compensation etc. It should be a party that is only interested in making sure the victims are compensated."