Marikana chil­dren bat­tle trauma from 2012 mas­sacre

Daily Dispatch - - News - NALEDI SHANGE

A lawyer who rep­re­sented the fam­i­lies of the minework­ers killed dur­ing wage-re­lated un­rest at Lon­min’s plat­inum mine in Marikana in Au­gust 2016‚ on Fri­day re­vealed the trauma the fam­i­lies have gone through‚ with at least one of the miner’s chil­dren com­mit­ting sui­cide.

With­out re­veal­ing fur­ther de­tails on the fam­ily‚ ad­vo­cate Te­boho Mosik­ili said that the child was a young teenager.

“She had been com­plain­ing about de­pres­sion and not lik­ing the school she was in‚” said Mosik­ili. “They found her hang­ing at the school ear­lier this year.”

She was one of a num­ber of chil­dren of the killed Marikana min­ers that Lon­min has been pay­ing school fees for.

Many of the chil­dren were un­happy about the schools‚ which the As­so­ci­a­tion of Minework­ers and Con­struc­tion Union (Amcu) said were sub­stan­dard.

Mosik­ili said that Lon­min had done noth­ing to change the sit­u­a­tion fol­low­ing the child’s sui­cide.

“That is why‚ as the Marikana Dig­nity Trust‚ we are try­ing to take over this project to say that what­ever funds [Lon­min] is in­vest­ing in the school‚ they should give to us‚ and the par­ents can choose the schools that they want‚” he said.

Mosik­ili was speak­ing on the side­lines of the Per­ma­nent Peo­ple’s Tri­bunal on Tran­si­tional Cor­po­ra­tions‚ held in Jo­han­nes­burg. Fri­day marked the first day of a three-day pro­gramme with dis­cus­sions around dis­man­tling cor­po­rate power‚ with work­ers from other SADC coun­tries shar­ing de­tails of their hard­ships in the work­place.

Mosik­ili said one of the de­mands that they had put to Lon­min was for the mine to com­pen­sate the widows by pay­ing them the salaries that their hus­bands would have re­ceived.

“We fought tooth and nail for Lon­min to pay the salaries of their hus­bands while they wait for civil claims against the gov­ern­ment. But Lon­min said those peo­ple should come and step into the shoes of the ones who they lost and that is what the widows did‚” he said.

She had been com­plain­ing about de­pres­sion and not lik­ing the school she was in. They found her hang­ing at the school ear­lier this year

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