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Numsa calls for independent inquiry into Lily Mine collapse

Three miners remain trapped, while geologists decided it’s too dangerous to continue rescue operations.

A mine shaft collapsed 11 days ago, trapping miners at the Lily Mine near Barberton in Mpumalanga. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has called for an independent inquiry into the collapse at the Lily Mine near Barberton in Mpumalanga, as rescue efforts to bring three trapped workers to safety are paused.

Geologists have decided it is too dangerous to send rescuers underground as the ground is still too unstable.

WATCH: Second collapses hampers rescue operations

There have been three collapses at the site the latest happened yesterday afternoon and experts are continuing to monitor and assess the mine.

Numsa has sent a message of hope to the families of Pretty Nkambule, Solomon Nyerende and Yvonne Mnisi who remain trapped for 11 days now.

Spokesperson Irvin Jim says, "The mining conditions in this country have not changed; we think that they will not change the day government will be decisive as it issues mining charter licenses."