The Marikana Massacre AMCU Trust was established by AMCU in 2015 out of compassion for and solidarity with the families of deceased mineworkers.
The Trust was founded with the aim of supporting the bereaved widows and immediate families of the 37 mineworkers who lost their lives during the wage protests at the Lonmin mine in August 2012. The fund is geared towards inspiring and facilitating breaking the multigeneration poverty cycle in the lives of mineworkers’ families.
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.
To date, AMCU has handed over four newly-built houses to some of the families of the victims. The first house was handed to the family of Mgcineni Noki in June 2017, and the second one to Andries Motlalepula Ntshenyeho’s family in Vereeniging in the same year in December. The third house was handed over to the family of Mzukisi Sompeta on 09 August 2018.
A fourth was completed in Swaziland for the family of Stelega Meric Gadlela, and the house was handed over to the Gadlela family in 2018. The three-bedroom houses have an en suite master bedroom, built-in cupboards, a kitchen, bathroom, and a lounge with a fireplace.
AMCU President, Joseph Mathunjwa, said “These miners were killed in protest for a better wage that would have contributed to a better life for themselves and helped them support their families. We have carried through the mandate, and the R12,500 wage that they died fighting for has now been attained. As AMCU, we continue to fight for a better living wage for miners, and since negotiations with the platinum belt commenced, we have managed to improve the wages of workers from a minimum of R4 500 to R11 500.”
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