ZIMBABWEANS who worked at South African mines and were members of the to Witwatersrand Native Labour Association, popularly known as Wenela, may soon get their pensions if efforts by a law firm from that country bear any fruit.
Xulu Attorneys Inc headed by South African prominent human rights lawyer Barnabas Xulu has promised to assist the pensioners in meetings held in Bulawayo.
In an interview with Southern Eye, some former Wenela workers said they had met with Xulu in Mpopoma, Bulawayo, on Saturday to discuss ways of recovering their long overdue pensions.
“We had a meeting with Xulu where we discussed our pension funds which we have been hoping for all these years,” said former Wenela miner Albert Bhebhe.
“As a human rights lawyer, Xulu promised to ensure that we get our money. Long back we used to contribute $5 dollars per meeting for someone to go to South Africa and fix our pension papers, but we don’t know what happened to our contributions.”
Another ex-employee Oliva Ndlovu said Xulu had assured them that they would get their pensions because they were entitled to them as they had worked for the money.