On Thursday, SERI attorney Zamantungwa Khumalo joined SABC’s #FULLVIEW to provide an update on the progress made in obtaining compensation for the families of the Marikana Massacre victims. Between 9 and 16 August 2012, 37 mineworkers were shot while protesting to demand a living wage and better working conditions in Marikana. In total, 44 people were killed, 94 were wounded (78 on the 16th), and 275 miners were arrested in a week of violence.
SERI represents 36 mineworkers’ families and has reached a settlement with the state regarding loss of support on behalf of the families. Khumalo clarifies that there are yet two outstanding claims relating to general damages and constitutional damages. Khumalo reminds us that “we can never quantify the damage that this massacre has caused the families” and further makes a call for the President and the Minister of Police to humble themselves and offer an apology to the families for the massacre.
Watch the full interview here.