Marikana court action will bring closure - Nhleko

2015-08-12 17:10
(Nardus Engelbrecht, AFP)

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Johannesburg – The court bid for compensation by the families of slain Marikana miners will help bring closure, the police ministry said on Wednesday.

“Though the minister has not yet seen the court papers, he believes this is one of the actions that will bring closure to this sad chapter in the history of our country,” his spokesperson, Musa Zondi, said in a statement.

Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko would welcome efforts to make good on any decision by the courts, he said.

“We have a duty to collaborate and assist in the reconstruction of communities where the Marikana workers come from.”

The families, represented by the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of SA (SERI), the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) and the Wits Law Clinic, filed papers at the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday morning.

They want compensation for loss of financial support, for grief and emotional shock, medical expenses, and a formal apology from Nhleko.

SERI and the LRC said in a statement that most of the 37 mineworkers killed were the sole breadwinners in their families, and supported 326 dependants between them while earning a "meagre income".

The mineworkers' families lived in North West, Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Lesotho and Swaziland and despite help from charities and churches, the families were living in poverty.

On August 16 2012, police shot dead 34 striking miners at Lonmin's mine in Marikana, North West. Ten people, including the other three miners, two police officers and two Lonmin security guards, were killed in the previous week during strike action.

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