Cosatu: Mining companies killing workers without any care
The federation is calling for answers after the deaths of four miners at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Kloof operation.
The federation is calling for answers after the deaths of four miners at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Kloof Ikamva operation.
It’s believed the group died from heat exhaustion after entering a disused shaft on Monday.
On Tuesday, the minister visited the mine and said there are signs of reckless conduct related to the tragedy.
Cosatu says mining companies are killing workers without any care because the government is too generous and easy on them.
Spokesperson Sizwe Pamla says the minister needs to act against managers at Sibanye.
“The issue here is that the minister himself is running away from a situation where he needs to confront the management and those responsible at Sibanye for their reckless decision-making and failure to a make available resources to improve their health and safety.”
The federation wants the mine bosses to be prosecuted for what it calls the reckless endangerment of workers.
It's likened them to cash-in-transit heist criminals who are driven by greed.
At the same time, the South African Communist Party (SACP) says it wants Sibanye-Stillwater to explain exactly how four miners died at its Kloof Ikamva shaft earlier this week.
The party’s leadership is visiting the mine near Westonaria, where a fifth worker remains unaccounted for.
The SACP’s Mhlekwa Nxumalo said: “[We thought an interaction is important among management of the mine and union leaders]. And also visit some of the families of the affected people. What caused, according to them, this particular accident?”
(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)