The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) pledged to assist families of Marikana massacre victims this past weekend by providing school uniforms, school and tertiary fees, boreholes and water tanks.
The party also promised to build the families houses and necessary house renovations.
The EFF sees the challenges faced by women of Marikana as tests faced by all women countrywide who continue to survive in conditions that are as a consequence of lack of basic state intervention.
However, for the families of the victims of the Marikana massacre, it means at the hand of the ANC, government is much quicker to pull the trigger to end lives than it is in ensuring that it transforms and improves life with care.
In addition to basic needs faced by families of Marikana massacre victims, a series of discussions with women from different sectors in Marikana West will be hosted as a means of continuing to show support for the widows and children of the murdered Marikana mineworkers.
The families of the deceased who hail from the Eastern Cape and the Free State, including those of Swaziland and Lesotho have not experienced state intervention aimed at improving their lives and releasing them from the bondage of grief and poverty left by the massacre.
MaThabang Ntsenyeho from Amelia, Sasolburg in the Free State still lives in a squatter camp. She has five children and four of them are still in school, and one in varsity. She is in need of an Identity Document that the ANC government has failed to provide her to this day.
Makopane Thelejane and Unathi Mdizeni both from the Eastern Cape have no access to water and thus in need of water tanks. Moreover, many of the widows of Marikana have no means of employment, financial support and live in extremely poor housing condition.
According to the EFF, the party will continue to ensure that Marikana is never forgotten, and that the struggle to realise R12, 500 is attain, as part of a struggle for the realisation of economic freedom in our lifetime.