Sitelega Meric Gadlela

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Miner, Worker, Marikana Casuality

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16 August 2012

Sitelega Meric Gadlela (50) was from Dvokolwako in Swaziland. He began working for Lonmin in 1989 and was with the company for 23 years.

Mr Gadlela was killed at scene 2 after being shot twice in the back.

He left behind his mother, wife and 11 children, including 5 who are still in school.

According to his wife, Betty Gadlela, “My husband came from a big, poor family. He supported his 11 children, his elderly mother and me. He was paying his mother’s medical bills and paying school fees for his 5 children that are still at school.”

Despite having worked for Lonmin for 23 years, Mr Gadlela’s dependents were only paid R350 000 in total by the company.

Last updated : 10-Aug-2016

This article was produced by South African History Online on 10-Aug-2016

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