Government ready to compensate Marikana victims

The Presidency says the South African Police Services has instructed its attorneys to make offers of payments.

Miners gather on the koppie in Marikana ahead of the anniversary of the shooting in which 34 miners were killed. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Government is ready to pay for the Marikana victims of the 2012 massacre in the North West.

In a statement, the Presidency says the South African Police Services has instructed its attorneys to make offers of payments in full settlements of claims.

The statement, released by President Jacob Zuma, is an update on steps taken by government departments to implement the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's recommendations

Forty-four people, including 34 miners, were killed during a wage dispute at Lonmin mine in Marikana four years ago.

Earlier this year, the government appointed an actuary to calculate all claims, most of which are those of the loss of support in favour of the deceased.

About 275 unlawful arrest claims have been completed and are now ready for settlement, only one claimant has charges pending.

Personal injury claims have been delayed due to the victims attorney still considering to agree on one set of medical experts.

The presidency says it is prepared to compensate the claims once all due processes have been completed.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)