About 60 Malawian ex-miners who worked in South African mines between 1960 and 1990 have presented their petition to Blantyre City Council (BCC) asking President Lazarus Chakwera to intervene and push for the release of their compensation.
In an interview after delivering the petition, chairperson of the group John Mizati claimed that the South African government released the compensations that were expected to benefit about 57 700 ex-miners, but the money was misappropriated by the previous administrations but did not mention which administration.
He asked Chakwera to follow up on the money because they don’t have the capacity to do the same.
Speaking after receiving the petition, BCC head of security, Vincent Banda assured the ex-miners that the council will deliver the petition to the president.
Before presenting the petition, the ex-miners, mostly the elderly of over 65 years, held a march in Blantyre from Kamuzu Upper Stadium to Blantyre City Council offices.