Marikana lawyer says state yet to offer settlement
Marikana victims believe the government is treating them with disdain and contempt, says lawyer
A lawyer representing wounded and arrested Marikana mine workers has not been formally approached by the government about a compensation offer, despite the state saying last week it had set aside R1.17bn for such a process. Attorney Andries Nkome said on Sunday it was unfortunate that each time they had learnt about the government’s intentions regarding compensation, it was through the media. "This goes towards our clients’ view that the government is just treating them with disdain and contempt," Nkome told Business Day. Representatives for the affected mine workers were still quantifying the amount owed to victims, he said. Nkome said that, according to their estimates, the amount needed to help those who sustained injuries during the deadly 2012 strike was higher than initially predicted. Police Minister Nathi Nhleko told Parliament last week that the R1.17bn set aside for compensation would be given to a "certain number of individuals [for] loss of support, injuries and, of cour...