The Marikana Massacre AMCU Trust


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.


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