'African National Criminals' didn't give Marikana victims houses: EFF
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Thursday described the “handing over of houses in Marikana by the Department of Human Settlements” as an “insensitive and opportunistic act by the African National Criminals”.
The party’s Mbuyiseni Quintin Ndlozi said it condemned the African National Congress’ (ANC) “abuse of state resources in desperation to find relevance in Marikana”‚ where 44 people lost their lives during strike action in 2012.
“(Human Settlements) Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says the building of houses is in response to the Marikana tragedy‚ yet none of the Marikana victims has been compensated or given any houses‚” said Ndlozi.
“It is an attempt to silence the legitimate cry of the Marikana workers for justice and compensation which government has failed to deliver on.
“To this day‚ the victims of the Marikana massacre are neglected by government; no one can say what is happening to the widow‚ orphans and the injured‚ if they have bread on the table‚ money to educate their children or if they had any Christmas at all.”
Ndlozi said it is “clear is that the houses are used to mobilise ANC support since they are handed over in a build-up programme of the ANC rally”.
This appeared to be borne out by a Presidency statement saying Sisulu would hand over the houses “on behalf of President Jacob Zuma” who was “scheduled to arrive in Rustenburg for the African National Congress programme later”.