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marikanacommission thumb100 Mail & Guardian reports that the more than 250 people who were shot and arrested during the Marikana massacre in 2012 are angered by the Department of Justice’s failure to make payments to them for their losses.  

They have been in discussion with the state for more than six years.  Apparently, the state made a settlement offer, which the wounded and arrested miners accepted on 29 August this year.  Two weeks later, state attorney Gosiame Seleka confirmed in a letter the number of claimants and the amounts to be paid to each of theme.  There are 253 claimants and “the total amount payable therefore is R97 685 00”, reads the letter.  But, to date, no payments have been made.  Andries Nkome, the lawyer for the wounded and arrested miners, commented:  “It looks like the department of justice has not instructed the SAPS [South African Police Service] to make payments to the wounded and arrested and we don’t know the reason why.  To date they have not given us one.”  Nkome added that his clients only received information on the payments through the media.  In August, the M&G reported that the Marikana widows had accepted the offer, for loss of support, made by the state even though it was not the offer they had hoped for.  Apparently, their payments have been made.


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