Govt looking to settle Marikana claims - Zuma

2015-09-29 21:14
Jacob Zuma. (GCIS)

Jacob Zuma. (GCIS)

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma, in a statement on Tuesday, said government was looking at starting an alternative dispute resolution process to expedite all claims arising from the Marikana shootings.

"A judge, assisted by experts, will be asked to lead this process in order to reinforce its independence," Zuma said.

"Government will engage with the legal representatives of claimants, and encourage them to use this process.

"To the extent that some do not lend their co-operation, or it is not possible to resolve claims through mediation, government will seek to do so through the court process."

The president said government was still considering the recommendations made by the Farlam Commission of Inquiry, which investigated the deaths of 44 people during strike-related violence at Marikana in August 2012. 

Its final report was handed to Zuma on March 31, who then released it to the public on June 25.

Zuma said, in the meantime, government had appointed Judge Cornelis Johannes Claasen to chair the inquiry into allegations of misconduct against National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.

Advocates Bernard Sakhile Khuzwayo and Anusha Rawjee would join Claassen on the board of inquiry.

"Both processes are continuing, and are unaffected by what I have to announce today," Zuma said.

"Government wishes to move forward to address the consequences of the incidents at Marikana. These incidents include not only the deaths and injuries of striking miners, but the deaths of other miners, security officials and police officers."

Zuma said the Marikana massacre hurt the nation and the time had come for healing to begin.

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