The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) is resolute that quests to visit the widows of those who were massacred in Marikana by political parties is a ploy to undermine the union.

President Joseph Mathunjwa was responding to state President, Cyril Ramaphosa’s address at the funeral of Nomzamo Winifred Madikizela-Mandela which took place this past weekend, on SAFM this morning. Ramaphosa addressed 40 000 mourners at the Orlando Stadium, stating that he would like to fulfil the wishes of Mama Madikizela-Mandela of visiting the Marikana widows together with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema. President Ramaphosa said they could not go together with the fallen hero due to her ailing health, saying he was now forced to carry the baton.

President Mathunjwa reiterated that if the head of state was genuine he would have made efforts to engage with the Union, through various avenues like the department of mineral resources (DMR) following the State of the Nation Address. He states in the interview that they extended an invitation to engage following the SONA, but nothing was said.” The state President has counted the leadership of the EFF to quietly go and apologise to the widows of Marikana Massacre.” He added that that motion is undermining and presents a narrative that workers who were massacred were not organised.

 

President Mathunjwa was speaking on the Sound Awake Show with Khanyi Magubane on SAfm that is between 03:00-05:00 am weekdays.

 

16 April 2018 by Nobuhle Nkhoma