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Nhleko: Marikana tragedy not quantifiable

The government is facing claims of more than R1,1 billion rand arising from the massacre when police shot and killed 34 mineworkers.

FILE: Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko says it’s not possible to quantify the cost of what happened in Marikana.

The government is facing claims of more than R1,1 billion rand arising from the massacre when police shot and killed 34 mineworkers.

The claimants include family members of those who died, those who were injured or who suffered unlawful arrest, assault and detention.

Nhleko, top South African Police Service officials and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate briefed Parliament’s police committee on Wednesday, on the progress in implementing the recommendations of the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the tragedy, which took place nearly five years ago.

“I don’t think that's the quantifiable cost of the tragedy because I don’t know how you can even begin to measure that thing. I don’t think a figure exists in the world that can quantify what happened in Marikana.”

Nhleko says some families are ready to settle for loss of support.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)