Miners affected by Marikana tragedy want compensation process expedited

The presidency says it wants to discuss the matter with claimants before the end of January.

FILE: Government says it wants to expedite the claims after several civil claims amounting to millions were lodged against the State. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Lawyers representing the arrested and injured Marikana miners say the sooner they can be financially compensated the better.

The presidency released a statement yesterday saying it wants a round table discussion with all the Marikana claimants before the end of January to resolve compensation issues.

Government says it wants to expedite the claims after several civil claims amounting to millions were lodged against the State.

Attorney Andries Nkome says they're still waiting for official communication from the presidency.

"That hasn't been any communication directly to us. So the sooner that they have the discussion of the settlement of this matter, the better for them. We are hoping to get this matter behind us."

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.