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marikanacommission thumb100 The Citizen reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has been asked to intervene after it emerged that a number of families of persons who were killed in the 2012 Marikana “massacre” would spend another Christmas without the compensation they were promised.  

Lobby group Forensics for Justice said this week that it was shocked and appalled that more than six years after the Marikana incident the survivors, who were awarded settlements of R365,000 or R465,000 depending on their cases, had not yet been paid.  The Khulumani Support Group has written to Ramaphosa requesting an urgent engagement with him.  They intend to represent the widows of the miners who were killed during the wage protest that culminated in police opening fire on over 200 miners, injuring dozens and killing 34.  The group called on government to fast-track the repayments as a matter of urgency.  They have had no response to their formal request to the presidency.  In a similar letter to the state attorney’s office, Forensics for Justice warned that a failure to make the payouts soon, in light of the fact that many beneficiaries had already been told that the payments had been processed, would cause tension in the impoverished mining community of Marikana.

  • Read Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni’s full report on this story at The Citizen

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