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Cosatu demands Lily Mine prioritise search for trapped miners

Cosatu says mine management is not doing enough to ensure that the three miners are found.

Cosatu supports the NUM march at Lily Mine to prioritise human lives at the point of production on 12 June, 2016. Picture: Twitter @_cosatu.

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) members in Mpumalanga have marched to the Lily Mine offices demanding that the company prioritise finding the three miners who have been trapped underground for almost four months.

Solomon Nyerende, Pretty Nkambule and Yvonne Mnisi have still not been found by rescue teams after a section of the mine caved in in February.

Operations at the mine have since been shut down leaving about 900 workers jobless.

The trade union federation's says mine management is not doing enough to ensure that the three miners are found.



The union's Fidel Mlombo says the only way the families of the workers will find closure is if the bodies of the three miners are found.

"These workers are still underground, one of them was pregnant so this means it was four people. We are demanding that Lily Mine management must prioritise the recovery of the four people so that the families can bury them accordingly."

Cosatu also says issues such as implementing better safety measures and using the mining charter to help with decision making will improve operations at the mine in future.