Government Announces Plans To Compensate August 1 Killings Victims

The government has announced that it will compensate the families of the victims of the 1 August 2018 elections violence. Those that will receive compensation include direct dependents of those killed and the injured whose medical expenses will be covered. This is based on the Motlanthe commission report.

Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs permanent secretary Virginia Mabhiza told the Sunday Mail:

“we have dealt with the issue at the working party level, which I co-chair together with Foreign Affairs, and what we have done is that we have made recommendations to the Ministerial taskforce requesting a budget that should be provided through the Department of Social Welfare to compensate the victims of the August 1 post-election violence.

In terms of implementation, that will largely depend on the availability of funds, so the Department of Social Welfare, who we have brought on board the taskforce, will look into issue of facilitating the compensation.

The quantum of the compensation will have to be assessed by the Ministry of Finance, sitting together with the Department of Social Welfare – those are the people who are supposed to quantify and cause Cabinet to approve.”

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More: Sunday Mail

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