Marikana compensation: Lawyers, govt take first step

Miners are hoping to be compensated before the fourth anniversary of the shootings this year.

A cross erected on the Koppie after the massacre as a symbol of the lives lost two years ago in Marikana. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Legal teams representing the Marikana miners and government have met for the first time to discuss issues around compensation.

President Jacob Zuma announced in September last year that victims of the Marikana tragedy must make use of a "compensation initiative" set up by government to swiftly deal with their civil claims.

A total of 44 people, including miners, police and security guards, were killed during a violent, unprotected strike at Lonmin's platinum mine in the North West in 2012.

A meeting has been held in Sandton to discuss the compensation process for the Marikana victims, something that has been in the pipeline for months.

Advocate Dali Mpofu, who represents the arrested and wounded miners, says they were invited to this meeting and they've covered some important ground but the matter hasn't yet been settled.

"How we go forward is a matter that we obviously have to take to our various clients, and then convey to the government's side."

The Marikana Support Campaign's Rehad Desai says they still believe government is dragging its feet.

"We are going to continue campaigning to make sure that, not only do we get compensation but justice as well."

Miners are hoping that this process can be expedited and that they're compensated before the fourth anniversary of the shootings in August.