Survivors of the Marikana massacre have denied a R100 million settlement offer from government. They claim that government only wants to settle parts of their claim for the tragedy that claimed the lives of 44 people in August 2012.
Representing the miners injured and arrested during the massacre, Attorney Andries Nkome spoke to The Midday Report.
It was for more than a billion rand that they claimed for and, now government is making us offers... only for parts of those claims.— Andries Nkome, Marikana miners attorney
They (government) are only in discussion with us about the unlawful arrest and detentions, and they are not talking about the injuries our people suffered.— Andries Nkome, Marikana miners attorney
We are seeking to have the government compensate even for the political trauma that people suffered.— Andries Nkome, Marikana miners attorney
Nkome says, immediately after the massacre 279 of his 300 clients were arrested and were made to appear in court.
"Now, the matters against those 279 have been withdrawn," whilst the remaining 17 miners are required to appear in court.
Whilst discussions between the miners and government are continuing, Nkome believes that they are very close to reaching an agreement.
I think we are very close to having this matter closed.— Andries Nkome, Marikana miners attorney
When asked if the miners have been able to forgive the president after rejecting his apology last year, Nkome says that the president did not apologise.
The president did not make an apology for the damage that have been caused at Marikana.— Andries Nkome, Marikana miners attorney
Listen to the full discussion here: