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Lily Mine: ‘We will never forget Pretty Nkambule’

Nkambule’s partner Christopher Nkambule says on Sunday is a particularly sad day for the family as her soul is not at peace.

FILE: Lily Mine in Baberton, Mpumalanga. Picture: Vantage Goldfields Limited.

BARBERTON - The family of Lily Mine worker Pretty Nkambule says despite the mine having called off a remembrance service, they will never forget their loved one.

Nkambule’s partner Christopher Nkambule says on Sunday is a particularly sad day for the family because they know her soul is not at peace.

Vantage Goldfields called off the service after being informed of a planned protest.

Christopher has condemned Sunday’s planned Cosatu and mineworker’s protest saying they should have found another day to express their frustrations.

He says although he as a Lily Mine employee shares the same concerns as other workers, they should understand the significance of this day for the families.

“I just can’t ignore the day, even if it’s not a big service, I’m going to take my children and their grandparents and go to the mine. Maybe it will ease our pain.”

Business rescue practitioner Rob Deveruex told Eyewitness News last week that they would facilitate a private service for the families.

WORKERS THANK GOD FOR THEIR LIVES

Lily Mine who were at the mine on the day three of their colleagues were trapped underground say they have only God to thank for their lives.

The workers say they cannot imagine what Nkambule, Solomon Nyerende and Yvonne Mnisi went through.

Sunday marks a year since the incident at the mine but the remembrance service has since been called off.

Lily Mine worker Henry Sono says he and others ran away when they heard a loud sound on the day of the collapse.

“We were in the last container when we heard the loud noise and when we came out, we saw the ground collapse and so we ran.”

Sono says he is thankful to be alive.

“There was nothing anyone could have done and that’s why we ran away. I thank God for saving me I don’t even know how I survived.”

He says he wants the mine to reopen because no one else will employ him.