Marikana widows will spend Women's Day mourning - Holomisa

2015-08-09 15:44
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Rustenburg - The women of Marikana will be mourning their loved ones instead of celebrating Women's Day on Sunday, United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa said on Sunday.

"Women of this part of the world [Marikana] were subjected to a painful experience of losing their only... hope for a meal. These women are now widows," he told people gathered at Nkaneng informal settlement near Marikana.

"Ordinarily these women would have celebrated the gains women have made. Instead they are... mourning the death of their loved ones at the hands of a democratic government."

Thirty-four mineworkers were killed in August 2012 during a violent wage strike at Lonmin operations in Marikana. Ten others, including two policemen and two Lonmin security guards, were killed a week earlier.

Holomisa said the UDM had written to President Jacob Zuma for compensation for the families of the mineworkers who were killed.

About 500 supporters braved the hot sun to listen to Holomisa.

Supporters were bused in from different areas in nine buses.

The UDM said it had chosen to be with the families of the victims of the Marikana shooting to bring back the message of hope, especially after the release of the Farlam Commission's report.

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