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16 Aug 2022

South Africa: 24 compensation claims from massacre at Lonmin Platinum's Marikana mine still to be addressed 10 years after killings


Wednesday 17 August officially marks 10 years of the wildcat strike at Lonmin Platinum in Marikana that claimed the lives of 34 mineworkers who were shot dead by police, while another 10 died in the events leading up to the mass shooting.

More than 1,000 marked the 10th anniversary by gathering in Marikana, alleging promises of better pay and conditions for the miners have not been fulfilled

“Ten years later, there has not been justice. We all saw the miners being killed in broad daylight but nobody has been arrested for it,” the regional secretary of the mineworkers' union Phuthuma Manyathi told South Africa's eNCA broadcaster before the gathering.

The government says it has paid more than 170 million rands (more than $10 million) in compensation to 280 claimants, mainly the families of the slain mineworkers and those injured that day or who were wrongfully arrested. There are still 24 claims to be addressed by the end of August, according to the government.

Solicitor-General Fhedzisani Pandelani is expected to give an update on whether any further support will be given to the loved ones of the deceased mineworkers. He is also expected to give clarity on financial compensation for more than 300 survivors of the massacre.