S.AFRICAN GOVT READY TO COMPENSATE VICTIMS OF 2012 LABOUR UNREST

| December 12, 2016

South African President Jacob Zuma on Sunday expressed the government's readiness to compensate the Marikana victims during labor unrest in 2012.

As instructed by the South African Police Service (SAPS), attorneys are to make offers of payments in full settlement of claims for the claims where quantifications were complete, Zuma said in a statement.

This also applies to those who are not under criminal investigation, according to Zuma.

The president was updating on steps taken by concerned departments to implement the Commission of Inquiry recommendations regarding the Marikana tragedy.

On August 26, 2012, Zuma appointed the Commission of Inquiry to investigate the tragic incidents at the Lonmin Mine in Marikana, North West province, earlier that year when about 44 people were killed during labor unrest and clashes between miners and police.

Following the tragedy, Zuma made a commitment to "achieving swift compensation" and announced that the government would establish an alternative dispute resolution process to expedite claims.

But more than four years after the incident, families of the Marikana victims are still waiting for the compensation.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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