South Africa

Govt lawyers, Marikana claimants to engage in discussions

The Presidency says government lawyers have been instructed to invite the legal representatives of the claimants of the August 2012 Marikana tragedy to engage in discussions.

This follows government’s recent commitment to explore an alternative dispute process to expedite the processing of all claims arising from the tragic incidents.

34 mineworkers were shot and killed in a conflict with the police more than three years ago.

In a statement released, Presidential spokesperson Bongani Majola says the invitation for a meeting between the legal representatives of the state and the claimants has been extended to January 29 2016, or before then.

The presidency says the meeting is aimed at discussing a process to resolve the claims in a manner which is transparent, effective and expeditious. The presidency says while government is considering the claims and the proposed process, both parties have continued to make the necessary submissions to the court to ensure compliance with the court rules.

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