Plans to compensate Marikana victims and survivors underway

By Drum Digital
18 August 2016

Government is forging ahead with its plans to compensate the victims and families of victims of the Marikana massacre

By Ayanda Sitole

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In a press statement, the Presidency says once the quantum of each claim from victims has been calculated, they will make an offer.

This announcement comes two days after the commemoration of the tragic Marikana massacre in which the Government received criticism.

Opposition parties and activists have slammed the Government and Lonmin mine, saying they’ve done nothing for the miners since the tragic incident.

Bongani Ngqulunga, spokesperson for the Presidency, says the Government has appointed an actuary to calculate the amount that is needed to pay the victims and survivors.

Ngqulunga says proposed amounts for settlement of the claims of unlawful detention and arrests are complete.

“The Government’s legal team is now consulting with senior counsel and is ready to make an offer to settle these claims in the next few months,” he says.

“With regard to personal injury claims, Government has proposed that both parties use one set of medical experts to assist in quantifying these claims in order to reduce costs and to expedite the process of calculation and settlement.”

According to Ngqulunga, the calculation of personal injury claims can only begin once the State and the plaintiffs’ attorneys agree on the set of experts to calculate the quantum of these claims.

He further states that Government had conceded 100 % merits of legitimate legal claims by March 2016.

“Instructions were given to settle claims, including claims of unlawful arrest and detention claims, but the State will exclude those claims that are under criminal investigation and those that face possible prosecution,” he says.

“Attorneys for claimants were urged to provide all information required for the settlement process.”

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