Cosatu disgusted at disdain for mine deaths

Cosatu called on government to prosecute mine owners who do not ensure the safety of their workers.

A mine shaft. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in Gauteng on Monday said it was disturbed that people were quicker to condemn rhino poaching than the deaths of mineworkers.

Five miners were killed underground near Carltonville, West of Johannesburg at the weekend.

They died of asphyxiation in the Yarona shaft in Merafong.

Another 14 were taken to hospital, while three have since been discharged.

The trade union federation has called on government to prosecute mine owners who don't ensure the safety of their workers.

Cosatu's Gauteng spokesperson Dumisani Dakile said, "If rhinos were reported to be killed, there would have been a lot of noise compared to human beings that are black, only the trade unions make noise."