Julius Malema makes big promises to Marikana widows

2014-08-16 15:29

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says his party will build houses for the widows of slain Marikana miners to “teach the ruling party how to care for the poorest of the poor”.

Speaking at the event marking the second commemoration of the killing of 34 miners during the violent wage protest at Lonmin platinum mine, Malema continued to blame the ANC government for the deaths of striking miners.

“We want a government that will give us breadwinners and not take them away from us. Families are today confronted with the reality that their breadwinners are no more,” he said.

Malema said his party will also buy school uniforms and pay fees for the children of miners who were killed in the Marikana bloodbath two years ago.

Malema urged miners to continue fighting for a living wage and not hesitate to forward tough questions to ask in parliament to the EFF.

Malema then turned to Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union leader Joseph Mathunjwa, saying he was soon going to go through tribulations.

“You must protect Mathunjwa because he’s going to be under serious attack. I’ve been there myself, being scrutinised and probed, but these people are too weak. I have been through all that.”

Malema slammed the media for recent reports on Mathunjwa’s allegedly flamboyant lifestyle.

Mathunjwa arrived at the Marikana koppie halfway into the commemoration. He made a grand entrance, arriving in a convoy of flashy cars, including two Mercedes-Benz vehicles, a BMW X5 and a 4x4 bakkie.

Mathunjwa has been accused of living lavishly, while miners to whom he owes his union’s growth live in squalid conditions.

Malema said there was nothing wrong with Mathunjwa’s lifestyle. He said it would be wrong for him to arrive in a “Toyota Tazz”, adding that “we don’t want to see Mathunjwa living in a shack”.

Another opposition party representative was Mmusi Maimane, the DA’s parliamentary leader, who promised that his party would ask questions in parliament about the lack of development in Marikana.

Meanwhile, a representative of the Marikana widows, Mmatshepiso Ntsoele, whose husband Molefi Ntsoele was killed on August 16 2012, said they were far from closure.

“We’re lost in the wilderness for two years now in search of the truth. We’ve heard lots of stories at the (Marikana) commission, but we’re yet to know exactly why our husbands were killed,” she said.

“I want to say to government; we’re waiting for answers on what our husbands were killed for and why.”

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


6 myths about male cancer

It is important to be aware of the most prevalent cancer diseases amongst men in our country.


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.