Bhisho massacre families cry out for help

By Zingisa Mvumvu

No amount of money will ever be enough to compensate the families of those who lost their loved ones and survivors of the 1992 Bhisho massacre.

Premier Phumulo Masualle at the Bhisho Massacre Memorial with families who lost their loved ones during the tragedy Picture: ZINGISA MVUMVU

This was said by Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle during the 25th commemoration of the massacre at King William’s Town and Bhisho today.

This while survivors and families of those who died continue to express unhappiness over government’s treatment of them saying it is not enough as some do not have houses and job.

Masualle said his government was trying hard to give preferential treatment on the affected families in government-sponsored student bursaries and job opportunities.

“We are working together with the families to help but it may never be enough but also we should not isolate them from the rest of the society we serve but we have got to be close to them for their special circumstances,” said Masualle.

“This day is an important reminder to all of us that to be where we are there are many who lost their lives.”

Families of the deceased and survivors are not happy.

Their appointed spokesman Boyce Nqono said the jobs Masualle was talking about were temporary and therefore not sustainable.

He said: “Government is doing something for us in that we were absorbed through Public Works but those jobs come and go. We need sustainable assistance because some of us who survived gunshots have got to get medical attention time and again and some do not have houses, that is the assistance we want to see from our government but we appreciate that they are trying.”



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