Indelible mark of the past
Its been almost 10 years since South African’s experienced the death of 34 miners who were brutally killed by police officers at what has been labelled the Marikana Massacre, outside the Lonmin Mines in Marikana.
Recently the country recently witnessed another massacre where at least 26 people were brutally murdered in Phoenix during the unrest that took place in July. Similarly the government has been investigating without any tangible findings.
At the recent commemoration of the lives lost, held in Marikana, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) leader Joseph Mathunjwa announced that he’d written two letters to President Cyril reminding him of the promises he’d made to the families of the miners who lost their lives or were injured during the Marikana Massacre.
The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (#AMCU) says it has written two letters to President Cyril #Ramaphosa to speed up the process of compensation for #Marikana victims and their families but has received no reply. https://t.co/jtygf9aQZM pic.twitter.com/uAhsKl3yMA
— SABC News (@SABCNews) August 16, 2021
“Those workers who have been injured they’re not paid even today, Mr. Madidiwane and others are still going through the pain, their wounds are still raw. There is no response to the letters that were sent to the state leader, but they only acknowledge the receipt of our letters. Our matter is not treated with urgency,” he said.
Mathunjwa made reference to the Bible, saying it explicitly states that if one cant keep the promise made, its best not to make the promise.
Twitter users also expressed their dissatisfaction in the way the South African government had handled the matter.
Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) leader Julius Malema, on the party’s twitter page bashed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s lack of action adding that the party was willing go to the court to get the Marikana miners . Even stating that Ramaphosa , like Zuma would one day face the music , once he retires from presidency.