Amcu gives wi­dow of Marikana vic­tim a house

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - ZIYANDA MBOLEKWA

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.”

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