Petition launched to establish compensation fund for Marikana victims

A petition was launched on Tuesday to establish a compensation fund to benefit all the families of the victims of Marikana tragedy in which 44 people were killed during mining unrest in 2012.

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The petition, launched by the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), will be tabled before Parliament when it reconvenes next year.

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“We call on all South Africans to show their support for this petition and help to bring justice to those who so desperately need it in interest of fairness and healing,” the DA said.

As a result of the inaction by the government, the families of those who died continue to suffer without financial support and have been forced to resort to filing a civil claim against Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko to compel the government to compensate them for their loss, the DA said.

The DA’s petition aims to expedite this process through the establishment of a fund by Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene, to provide financial support, based on a fair actuarial calculation, to all those who suffered a loss at Marikana.

At the very least this fund should compensate families for the loss of income suffered but the DA urge the minister to include compensation for emotional shock and psychiatric injury; grief and emotional suffering; loss of family life; and loss of parental care.

Once the petition has been tabled in the National Assembly (NA) it will be referred to Committee on Private Member’s Legislation and Special Petitions. It will then be left to the Committee to make a recommendation on how to proceed.

Earlier this year President Jacob Zuma made a commitment to “achieving swift compensation” and announced that the government would be establishing an alternative dispute resolution process to expedite claims.

The Marikana tragedy was believed to be the worst mining-related incident in the post-apartheid era. Of the 44 people who were killed in Marikana, North West Province in 2012, 34 were shot dead by police.

The DA launched the petition after a documentary, Miners Shot Down which tells of the Marikana tragedy, won an Emmy Award for Best Documentary at the International Emmy Awards held in New York on Monday. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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