Marikana mineworkers demand hefty compensation


Over 300 injured Marikana workers are calling for one billion rand or 78 million dollars in compensation for injuries sustained following the infamous 2012 shootings in the North West province of South Africa.

The civil claims amounting to one billion rand come in the shadow of the third anniversary of the massacre that left leading political actors mudded over their involvement.

The Marikana workers have also expressed their disappointment in the Farlam Commission report.


The Farlam Commission was tasked to investigate matters of public, national and international concern arising out of the tragic incidents at the [DATA LON: Lonmin] Mine in Marikana.

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The commission headed by Ian Gordon Farlam investigated the events that took place between Saturday 11 August to Thursday 16 August, 2012 which led to the deaths of approximately 44 people and hundreds injured.

“The response from the people I represent has been full of disappointment,” senior counsel for injured workers Advocate Dali Mpofu told CNBC Africa.

He added that the report that comes after 300 days of consultation had failed to bring finality to the volatile Marikana massacre issue.

“We have been tasked to challenge the outcome of the report in the court of law and have it reviewed,” he added.

Mpofu also expressed concern over the national commissioner of police who was fingered in the report saying she was supposed to have been suspended by now.

“One of the people fingered by the report was the national commissioner (General Riah Phiyega), instead of action being taken against her she was just asked to respond to the report. She still remains our police commissioner as she has not been suspended which the sad thing,” he said.