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South Africa's Zuma says government ready to compensate Marikana victims

South African President Jacob Zuma Dec. 12 outlined progress in the implementation of recommendations made in response to the August 2012 incident at Lonmin Plc's Marikana operations.

The recommendations came from the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, also known as the Farlam Commission, which investigated the longest strike action in South Africa that killed 44 people during that year, now infamously known as the Marikana massacre.

Zuma said the government is ready to compensate the victims of the incident, with the South African Police Service tasking its lawyers to make payment offers in full settlement of certain claims.

Meanwhile, a number of high ranking officers were charged for the violent turn of events at the mine, and some are under investigation.

Commenting on the progress made by Lonmin on a housing plan for its workers, Zuma warned that Lonmin will face the risk of having its mining right suspended or revoked if it fails to submit a compliant housing plan.

The miner was instructed in September to revise its social and labor plan to improve the living and housing conditions of its employees.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, however, blasted Zuma for not consulting affected families and Lonmin workers, noting that the government failed to hold Lonmin accountable for the incident and find the real perpetrators of the Marikana killings.