The family of a London train station worker is demanding justice for their loved one who died after she was spat at by a man who had COVID-19.
Forty-seven-year-old Belly Mujinga died from coronavirus complications on April 5.
Reports are that on March 22, 2020, Belly and her colleague were on a shift at London’s Victoria Station.
It is alleged that Belly and her colleague, both black females, were on the concourse by the ticket office when they were assaulted by a member of the public who spat at them.
The man repeatedly coughed and spat at them while declaring he had the coronavirus.
“The assault she suffered at work was scary and we do not think the company treated it seriously enough.”– TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes
Days after the attack, both women fell ill.
Mujinga who had underlying respiratory problems, was admitted to Barnet Hospital.
Since Mujinga’s passing, several of her family members and work colleagues have voiced their concerns about the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) frontline staff.
“She shouldn’t have been sent out without any PPE. We want justice for Belly,” said her colleague and cousin, Agnes, who also witnessed the incident.
The Transport Salaried Staffs Association Union, of which Belly was a part, has since denounced the attack which subsequently led to her demise.
“Sadly, Belly’s is just one of many family tragedies where children have had their parents taken away from them. However, there are serious questions about her death, it wasn’t inevitable,” said TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes.
“As a vulnerable person in the ‘at risk’ category and her condition known to her employer, there are questions about why GTR didn’t stand her down from front line duties early on in this pandemic. The assault she suffered at work was scary and we do not think the company treated it seriously enough,” added Cortes.