The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called upon the government to accelerate the compensation of the families that lost their lived ones during the Marikana massacre.
The police gunned down 34 mineworkers On August 16, 2012 who were participating in a protracted strike at platinum miner, Lonmin, after wage negotiations broke down.
“We applaud the fact that government has resolved to pay R1.1 billion in compensation for the people who were killed in Marikana in 2012.
We hope that this compensation is meant for all victims including those who died as a result of the chaos created by Impala Platinum mine before and after the 16th August 2012. Actually, it would be prudent for Impala Platinum mine to have contributed a large portion of this compensation money,” said NUM in a statement.
Next week Wednesday will mark five years since the massacre happened and the commemoration will be held at the hill where the workers were killed.
Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is reportedly not welcome at the commemoration on Wednesday. Ramaphosa was strongly critised for calling police to take “concomitant action” against the protesting miners. Ramaphosa was a shareholder of Lonmin at the time of the massacre. In May this year Ramaphosa apologised for the
Ramaphosa was a shareholder of Lonmin at the time of the massacre. In May this year Ramaphosa apologised for the lanaguege in the emails he sent to Lonmin executives and government ministers leading to the masacre.