Lily Mine collapse: Parly raises safety concerns

Seventy-nine people were trapped when the mine in Mpumalanga collapsed yesterday.

FILE: Outside the Lily Mine near Barberton in Mpumalanga where more than 100 workers are trapped underground. Picture: Lowveld Media/Barberton Times.

JOHANNESBURG - As search operations continue

for three workers still trapped underground at the Lily Mine

in Barberton, Parliament has raised serious concerns over the increasing

number of accidents and safety measures.

Seventy-nine people were trapped when the mine in Mpumalanga

collapsed yesterday.

It's understood the trio who remain unaccounted for were

in what's called a lamp room at the time of the collapse.

Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources Sahlulele Luzipo says they are hopeful that those still trapped

will be rescued.

"We are hopeful and praying that they will come out

alive. We are quite worried about these incidents that are consistently being reported

because it is our belief that when workers continue to work, it's simple because

they are driven by the desire to put bread on the table for their families."