Former Ziscosteel workers, turned into artisanal miners pleaded with Movement for Democratic Change leader, Morgan Tsvangirai to assist them in their quest to claim their unpaid salaries and allowances from their former employer.
During Tsvangirai’s countrywide consultation meeting in Kwekwe, the former premiere met informal miners (makorokoza) who took time to share details of how they are struggling to survive following the collapse of Ziscosteel.
“We haven’t been paid for ten years now and the whole town has virtually ground to a halt,” said one of the former Ziscosteel employees only referred to as Chimusoro.
Another former Ziscosteel employee identified as Tonderai said, “In Torwood, there has been no running water for years while the mine is not allowing children to come to school without fees, despite owing the parents pensions and/or severance packages for more than a decade.”
In his responses, Tsvangirai said the collapse of Ziscosteel represented the true Zanu PF legacy of unbridled incompetence.
He urged all the former Ziscosteel workers who are struggling to make ends meet to take part in the next election and vote in, a new government that could come up with a robust response in reviving the steel giant.
The MDC-T leader urged the youth to register and vote in the next election, saying young people have a duty to define and defend their future through their active participation in the next election.