Amcu gives widow of Marikana victim a house
RELATIVES of a mineworker shot dead during the Marikana massacre have received a house to ease some of their pain in the wake of their breadwinners’ death.
“Today we report back to comrade Mgcineni ‘Mambush’ Noki and say we have carried through the mandate that he gave us, of a living wage in the mining sector.”
With these words, Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), unveiled the house that was built for Noki at Twalikulu village in Mqanduli in the Eastern Cape yesterday.
Noki was one of the 34 mineworkers who were killed by the police in 2012.
Mathunjwa said the majority of mineworkers had achieved a salary of R12 500, with a minimum wage of a surface worker at R11 500.
Noki’s widow, Nthabiseng, recounted her trauma. “I burnt the green blanket (that Noki was wearing), it was full of blood and I didn’t want to keep it,” said the 32 year old, who works at Sibanye Gold in Carletonville, Gauteng.
She said she was planning on taking in four of Noki’s children from different moth- ers. Their mothers had agreed to her request, she said.
Her 15-year-old son said he was happy about the house, although it would not bring his father back. “It has happened that my father died, we can’t change that. When I’m done with my high school I want to study mining engineering or become a professional football player.”
Amcu’s legal representative James Nichol said Noki’s spirit lives on.
“I have spoken to many a worker around the world about Marikana but each time I speak my mind it is directed towards that courageous man.”