The Marikana Massacre AMCU Trust

THE TRUST BENEFICIARIES

Death and Loss

On the 16th August 2012, mineworkers lost their lives while exercising their democratic right to strike and protest for a living wage. Many of them were breadwinners and the main providers for their households and families. Therefore, the deaths of those miners was a catastrophic catalyst in the lives of their loved ones, families and communities. Four years later, many of those affected are still struggling to come to terms with the devastating consequences of their losses.

The Marikana Massacre AMCU Trust

Out of compassion for and solidarity with the families of the deceased mineworkers – the Marikana Massacre AMCU Trust was established by AMCU in 2015.

The core aim of the Trust is to help provide some semblance of security for the bereaved families by building houses for the widows and immediate families of the slain mine workers. Towards inspiring and facilitating the breaking of a multigenerational poverty cycle in many of their lives.

The Trust Administration

The Trust received a donation of R2 million from AMCU, and the union also serves as a trustee. AMCU believes in transparency and accountability and it is for these reasons it has appointed an entrusted financial administration team to ensure that the funds raised are used accordingly and for the sole benefit of the families of the deceased mine workers.

The Mgcineni Noki House Handover

Following the Marikana Massacre of August 16, 2012, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) established a Trust in 2015 primarily to build houses for the widows and families of the 44 people who were killed during the Marikana Massacre.

These include members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the security guards who died days leading to the 16th. The Marikana Massacre AMCU Trust was founded to address the need for housing and education for the families who were robbed of their loved ones, but has since channelled its efforts to addressing the housing pillar.

The family of Mr Mgcineni Noki is the first of 44 families who will benefit from the housing pillar of the Trust. On Saturday 24 June 2017, the Noki family received a house built in their very village, in honour of their son, husband, father, brother and uncle – as a beacon of hope for the rest of the other victims’ families who will benefit alike.

Speaking to members of the media and the community of Twalikhulu village in Mqanduli, Eastern Cape, President Joseph Mathunjwa said the Marikana Massacre marked a dark day in the history of South Africa, comparing it to the Sharpville massacre in 1960.

“AMCU is pleased to report to Comrade Mambush and say we have carried through the mandate that he gave us – attaining R12 500. We have timeously fought for a living wage and since we started negotiating in the platinum belt in 2014, we have managed to improve the lives of workers from a minimum wage of R4 500 to R11 500,” said President Joseph Mathunjwa.

Workers can build homes and send their children to school. AMCU is humbled to contribute in the honour of this towering figure. He and other rock-drill operators took a courageous stand against monopoly capitalism.

This program will extend to all the families whose breadwinners were massacred in 2012. We thank the Noki family and the community for their cooperation and support.

We sourced and used local suppliers for the material used to build the house although the architect is from another province.

 


 

AMCU Trust Hands Over A House To The Ntshenyeho Family

His name Motlalepula means one who brings the rain. This is exactly what happened on the 20 December 2017 when the family of Comrade Andries Motlalepula Ntshenyeho received their new house. This is the second house built by the AMCU Trust in keeping with the promise to honour the memory of the men slain during the Marikana Massacre of 2012. The ceremony was attended by President Joseph Mathunjwa, General Secretary Jeff Mphahlele, General Treasurer Jimmy Gama, National Organiser Dumisani Nkalishana as well the Lonmin branch leadership.

Comrade Andries’ widow Mathabang Ntshenyeho expressed her gratitude, revealing that she thought the pledge was merely talk. Visibly emotional with tears streaming down her face, she said, “When President Mathunjwa pledged to build houses for the families of slain mineworkers during the Marikana massacre, I did not believe that I would be amongst the people to receive it.”

The three-bedroom house has an en-suite master bedroom, a kitchen, bathroom and a lounge with a fire place

She explains that she struggled to see the light as she had gotten used to a life of poverty. “I lived in a three-roomed shack with my five children, Thabang, Nthabiseng, Mamokete, Moeketsi, and Refiloe. Whenever it rained, the shack would be filled with water and we would have to move tthe furniture or it would get damaged,” she said with tears in her eyes. She added, “I will no longer have sleepless nights every time it the rains.” She thanked AMCU and the President, and said that the ceremony had her husband’s blessing in the form of the pouring rain.

Addressing the President, she said, “President Mathunjwa you know that as a family we don’t have gold or silver that we can offer to show our gratitude, but we can only keep you in our prayers and continue to ask God to give you strength and wisdom to finish what you have started.”

When he took to the podium to address the Ntshenyeho family and the media, President Mathunjwa said that AMCU remains committed to the promise made by the AMCU Trust. “We recognise that this house will not measure to the contribution that Comrade Andries may have had or to the love he had for his family, but this will be proof of the wish he had to one day build a proper house for his wife and children.

Joining Mrs Ntshenyeho on stage, he added, “Comrade Andries’ contribution towards the struggle in emancipating the working class will live forever. We are proud to report to comrade Andries Ntshenyeho that in the platinum belt, workers are now able to build their lives, to send money back home to their loved ones and send children to school because of him and other Lonmin workers who stood up against monopoly capital in alliance with a brutal farces state that was drunk in blankness and protecting the foreign direct investment, at the expense of the toiling exploited and oppressed black working class. We have carried through the mandate that they gave us at the Koppie.”

He added that worker’s rights are a matter of dignity, and that AMCU is committed to ensuring that all workers rights are respected and protected. “AMCU has managed to lift workers from 4 500 to a minimum salary of 11 500 in three years. We are proud to report to comrade Andries Ntshenyeho that in the platinum belt, workers are now able to build their lives, send money back home to their loved ones and children to school because of him and other Lonmin workers who stood up against monopoly capital in alliance with a brutal farces state that was drunk in blankness and protecting the foreign direct investment, at the expense of the toiling exploited and oppressed black working class. We have carried through the mandate that they gave us at Koppie.”

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