PAC wants political heads held liable for Marikana killings

The Presidency has issued an update on steps taken by government to implement the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's recommendations.

FILE: Army and police deployed in Marikana during strike action on 14 May 2014. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – The Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) says the police should not be the only ones who compensate the families of the Marikana victims.

Yesterday the Presidency issued an update on steps taken by government to implement the Farlam Commission of Inquiry's recommendations saying families who lost their loved ones in the 2012 massacre will be compensated by government.

The PAC's Kenneth Mokgatlhe says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa who was a shareholder at Lonmin at the time, co-ordinated the activities which led to the killings.

“It can’t be true that the people who were carrying the mandate from the police generals - their principals from political parties - they are the ones today who are now going to suffer the consequences but the political principals are not going to be held liable.”

The Police Ministry says government is ready to pay the families and lawyers are finalizing all remaining details.

(Edited by Neo Koza)