National 19.8.2016 07:01 am

Marikana: payout pending to families

Marikana widows Nomisile Mde (L), Nombulelelo Ntonga (c) and Nokuthula Zibambele next to Wonderkop stadium, North West, 28 June 2015, during a meeting on  Marikana report. Picture: Nigel Sibnada

Marikana widows Nomisile Mde (L), Nombulelelo Ntonga (c) and Nokuthula Zibambele next to Wonderkop stadium, North West, 28 June 2015, during a meeting on Marikana report. Picture: Nigel Sibnada

Last year, families of the victims lodged compensation claims with the government. They listed a total of 326 dependants affected by the violence.

Government says it is getting ready to pay compensation to claimants after the 2012 Marikana massacre, according to a statement from the presidency yesterday.

“Government is currently in the process of determining the quantum and will make an offer of payments in full settlement of claims,” said the statement.

Police shot dead 34 striking mineworkers and wounded dozens more at the Lonmin-owned Marikana platinum mine, northwest of Johannesburg, four years ago this week. Last year, families of the victims lodged compensation claims with the government. They listed a total of 326 dependants as having been affected by the violence.

The government said it was “ready to make an offer to settle these claims in the next few months”, once the amount for each claim was determined. “Government has appointed an actuary to calculate the quantum of each claim. Government is therefore preparing to make an offer once all loss of support claims have been completed.”

Presidential spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga said there were 34 claims for loss of support, 81 for injuries and 275 for unlawful arrest.

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