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sapsNews24 reports that MPs heard on Monday that the SA Police Service (SAPS) was in the process of settling 653 civil claims worth R1.17bn for injuries and deaths that occurred in the 2012 Marikana massacre.  

The exact amount from all 653 plaintiffs totalled R1,170,946,235 going back to 2014, legal services commander Lieutenant General Sally Kahn indicated.  "This is in respect of injuries as a result of the shooting, claims to loss of support, assault, malicious prosecution and injuries as a result of arrest and detention," Khan told the portfolio committee on police.  The dependents of 37 deceased miners have submitted claims for loss of financial support, 32 of which have been submitted to an actuary.  One case has already been settled to a deceased miner's family of seven for just over R3m, paid in June this year.  Other offers between R50,000 to R100,000 have been made for arrest and detention claims, depending on the number of days the plaintiffs were detained for.  For those who filed assault claims, the SAPS awaits expert documents which will be made available at the end of November.

  • Read this report by Paul Herman in full at News24

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