“President Jacob Zuma must suspend all members of the SA Police Service implicated in the Marikana shooting immediately, pending further investigations”, human rights group Amnesty International said on Friday.
“With police authorities closing ranks in the face of strong findings against them in the Farlam Commission report, it is vital that President Zuma shows strong leadership and takes action against those right at the top of the police service,” Amnesty’s Southern Africa Director Deprose Muchena said. (Not surprising given Amnesty’s record of refusal to support mandela because he refused to renounce violence and terrorism).
Muchena expected National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega to be at the top of that list.
“President Jacob Zuma must act now to ensure all of the Farlam Commission report’s key recommendations are implemented.
Thirty-four strikers were shot dead in Marikana, North West, on August 16, 2012. Ten people, including two policemen and two Lonmin security guards, were killed in the previous week.
President Jacob Zuma subsequently appointed retired Judge Ian Farlam to chair the judicial commission of inquiry into the violence.
The commission’s final report was handed to Zuma on March 31, who released it to the public on June 25.
Clearly the Nuremberg Principle, which nullifies any soldier or policeman’s defense that “I was only following orders“, does not apply to African governments, as it similarly does not apply to Israeli soldiers in occupied Palestine…
In search of justice, and obviously compensation, the miners who were arrested and injured at Marikana have launched a civil claim against government totaling more than R1 Billion on Friday, their lawyer said.
“The team led by Advocate Dali Mpofu, SC, launched the civil suit on behalf of 275 miners,” the miners’ lawyer Andries Nkome told News24.
“The suit launched is for financial compensation for unlawful arrest, unlawful detention as well as malicious prosecution. The civil suit is against the Presidency, against the National Prosecuting Authority, and against the SAPS.”
He said, on average, they were claiming R3m per mine worker, but in some cases compensation was somewhat more.
They have more than 50 civil suits for the injuries sustained at that time, including one for injuries resulting in a miner’s permanent disability.
The compensation sought by the injured miners averaged “a bit higher” than R3m.
The civil claims were filed in the High Court in Pretoria.
On Tuesday morning, families of the 37 mineworkers killed at Marikana filed their own claim in the same court against Police Minister Nathi Nhleko.
The families are represented by the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of SA (SERI), the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) and Wits Law Clinic.
They are claiming compensation for:
- – Loss of financial support;
- – Grief and emotional shock caused by the deaths of their family members and caregivers;
- – Medical expenses of psychological and psychiatric treatment;
- – Loss of family life and parental care.
“The families also claim a formal apology from the minister of police for the loss of their loved ones,” the SERI and LRC said.
“An apology will bring much needed closure to the families who feel they have been abandoned by the South African government.”
On August 16 2012, police shot dead 34 striking mine workers at Lonmin’s mine in Marikana, in the North West. The remaining three were killed on August 13, among 10 killed in the week prior to the main shooting incident.