Marikana Miners remembered

News South Africa

Tebogo Msimanga

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu)  commemorated the eighth anniversary of the Marikana massacre in Midrand on Sunday. Eight year ago, 34 mineworkers were killed after they were shot by heavily armed police officers. The miners demanded 12,500 basic monthly salary .

It was the first time that the commemoration was hosted outside Marikana in the North West. This is due to lockdown restritions. Advocate Tebogo Mosikidi gave a report back on Marikana trust and promised the widows  that the houses will be completed in few months. Mosikidi said 85 percent of housing project has been completed.

Advocate Dali Mpofu said only one out of five cases relating to Marikana has been solved. Mpofu said the government has until end of August to pay. He added that the truth about Marikana massacre should not be distorted.

Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa said what happened on the 16th of August 2012 was carefully planned and orchestrated by “unholy alliance”.

“ It is time to move away from extractive economy where the only focus is to take wealth commodities and export it to other countries and creating wealth for other countries ” said Mathunjwa.

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