‘Main objective at Lily Mine is to rescue trapped miners’

Parliament's labour committee says the only focus is to ensure the workers are brought to the surface.

FILE: Vantage goldfield CEO Michael McChesney and Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa briefing the media on rescue operations at the Lily Mine in Barberton Mpumalanga on 12 February, 2016. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Parliament's labour committee says the only focus for authorities, family and rescue workers at the collapsed Lily Mine near Barberton is to ensure the three trapped miners are brought to the surface, hopefully still alive.

Today marks the 12th day since a section of the Vantage Goldfields mine in Mpumalanga collapsed, trapping Pretty Nkambule, Yvonne Mnisi and Solomon Nyerende inside a lamp room.

Hope began fading during continued rescue missions on Saturday when the mine collapsed even further - at the exact same spot where 20,000 tonnes of soil fell into a pit at the entrance of the mine.

The rescue operation has since been suspended while a delegation from Parliament visits the families.

Chairperson for the Parliament's labour committee Lumka Yengeni says, "I think it would be insensitive for us to say whether they're alive or not alive. We did not want to touch on that part. But at least we're ensuring that we will push and do everything possible so that their loved ones are brought to the surface."

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