From shack to Parliament for Marikana EFF activist

2014-05-13 10:11

A female Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) activist, Primrose Sonti, from Marikana in the North West, is heading to Parliament.

“Yes, we have her because of her leadership qualities. She was nominated to go,” EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said today.

“She was active in Marikana, she mobilised women in Marikana.”

He could not comment further on Sonti and referred enquiries to her.

Sonti told Sapa that her son Meshack Mzilikazi was one of a large group of Lonmin mineworkers initially arrested for murder and attempted murder relating to the deaths of miners in August 2012 during a strike and a clash with police.

The charges against them were later withdrawn and the Marikana Commission of Inquiry was set up to investigate the deaths of 46 people at Marikana, near Rustenburg, during the strike-related unrest in August 2012.

Sonti said she could not comment on her move to Parliament.

According to The New Age, Sonti used to live in a corrugated iron shack but is now set to receive a salary of R80 000 a month, free accommodation, and free flights to attend Parliament.

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