Marikana massacre: State faces civil claims worth over R1bn

The SAPS told Parliament’s police portfolio committee that government’s approach to the litigation is aimed at reaching settlements of the claims as quickly as possible.

FILE: Mineworkers in Marikana demonstrate. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The state is facing claims amounting to more than R1 billion arising out of the Marikana massacre four years ago.

Thirty-four miners lost their lives after police opened fire on protesting mineworkers near the Rustenburg mine.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) and Independent Police Investigative Directorate are updating Parliament’s police portfolio committee on their progress in implementing the recommendations of the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the tragedy.

The police's Nashee Sewpersadh says the total amount of civil claims against the government is just over R1,1 billion.

Sewpersadh says that the government’s approach to this litigation is aimed at reaching settlements of the claims as quickly as possible.

“We’ve followed the lead of our honourable president and we’re expediting settlements of claims in respect of losses and injuries.”

Injured mineworkers and families of those who died are suing the government for loss of support, unlawful arrest and detention and personal injury.

Sewpersadh says they’re waiting for attorneys to respond to offers to settle loss of support claims.