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24 Aug 2013
12:56 pm

Celebs team up for Marikana victim fund

Two celebrities, singer Ntsiki Mazwai and radio personality Kay Sexwale have teamed up with lawyer Tracey Nixon to start a trust to help families of the Marikana victims.

FILE PICTURE: Police manner protest at a hill next to Marikana informal settlement, outside Rustenburg, North West 15 August 2012. Picture: Nigel Sibanda.

When Mazwai heard the government was not willing to pay the legal costs of the lawyers representing the wounded and arrested miners at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, she came up with the idea for the trust and a website for donations.

“I then tweeted the idea and the response was so overwhelming. So Kay Sexwale and Tracey Nixon came on board and we jointly opened it. In fact we have already announced on the website that we have raised about R2 000 so far,” she said.

According to City Press, Mazwai said the money raised would be used to fund the legal costs of the miners and buy food and pay school fees for the children of the victims. “This includes the families of the police officers and security guards who were murdered there. It is not about the miners only,” she said.

Mazwai said they planned to organise music concerts and other events to raise more funds. Said Sexwale: “I’m sad that we are forced into this sort of action as ordinary citizens in a bitterly hard-earned democratic South Africa.

“This initiative provides us with an outlet to do something, not just be angry at the situation,” she said in a statement.

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