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Cosatu suspects Lily Mine of hiding crucial information

Cosatu says it will ensure those responsible for the Lily Mine tragedy are held to account.

The dirt road leading to the area where the collapse happened at the Lily mine near Barberton, Mpumalanga. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says it will ensure those responsible for the Lily Mine tragedy are held to account amid growing speculation that government and management have forgotten about those affected.

Early last month, a container plunged into a giant hole caused by rock fall at the Mpumalanga mine.

Solomon Nyerende, Yvonne Mnisi and Pretty Nkambule were inside the container at the time and have been trapped underground ever since.

For weeks their families refused to leave the site, but relatives of two of the victims have now gone home.

The rescue operation cannot resume due to safety concerns.

Cosatu's Sizwe Pamla says they suspect that mine management is hiding crucial information regarding the collapse.

"An investigation must be carried out and those who were reckless and those who failed to adhere to health and safety standards should be held accountable. The fact that we've been barred twice makes us suspicious over what they don't want us to find out."