marikanacommission thumb100 Financial Mail writes that the Marikana commission’s terms of reference were not broad enough for it to make a recommendation on compensation of the victims of the 16 August 2012 massacre.  

Even so, the government continuously highlighted that compensation was a priority — although it’s been carried out clumsily so far.  Last August, families of the deceased workers were paid out by the government for loss of support.  But according to Nomzamo Zondo, legal representative for the families, there is a dispute about a group of restorative claims, for R1.5m each, which are about healing.  In the case of the Life Esidimeni tragedy, families were paid R1.2m.  Compensation has been paid to some of the arrested strikers, according to Andries Nkome, who represents the injured and arrested mineworkers.  Meanwhile, those injured have apparently not been compensated at all.  Mzoxolo Magidiwana is one such worker who was shot seven times by police.  Noting that families and even some of the arrested miners have been compensated, Magidiwana observed:  "Is our blood or our injuries different from those who were also victims of what happened? Is our pain any different from the pain felt by those who already got paid?  What has been done for us?  There’s nothing the government has done … to show any kind of concern for us."

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