Marikana victims seek compensation


June 30 th, 2015

Victims’ families and survivors of the 2012 Marikana massacre will seek compensation from the South African government, said lawyer Dali Mpofu on Monday. He said he will file a civil complaint against the State before the third anniversary of the Marikana shootings. On August 16, 2012, police had fired real bullets on miners who protested for a wage increase near Rustenburg. Denouncing ‘a total lack of command and control’, the inquiry found that police chief Riah Phyega should have been suspended after a disciplinary procedure. Phyiega is being accused of having lied to the commission of inquiry to cover the massacre. Mpofu described the Marikana shootings as the worst violence since the end of apartheid 20 years ago.


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