Marikana miners welcome presidency’s invitation to ‘talk’

The presidency released a statement saying govt will be inviting claimants to a round table discussion.

FILE: Crosses on the koppie in Marikana, where 34 miners were killed in a standoff with police on 16 August 2012. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Lawyers representing the Marikana miners say they welcome the Presidency's move to try and expedite claims against the State, but say they have not yet been contacted.

The presidency released a statement this afternoon saying government will be inviting all the Marikana claimants to a round table discussion before the end of January to resolve compensation issues.

Earlier this year, government announced it would explore ways to expedite the processing of all claims arising from the violence and deaths at the North West platinum mine in 2012.

Attorney Andries Nkome says they're hoping to resolve this matter soon, so that the miners can be paid out.