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Lily Mine: Pretty Nkambule's family pleads with mine to help retrieve her body

Nkambule's family has pleaded with the mine & the Mineral Resources Dept to work together to retrieve their loved one underground.

People gathered at the gate to the Lily Mine near Barberton in Mpumalanga where more than 100 workers are trapped underground. Picture: Lowveld Media/Barberton Times.

JOHANNESBURG – The family of Lily Mine worker Pretty Nkambule has pleaded with the mine and the Mineral Resources Department to work together to retrieve the metal structure containing their loved one underground.

Families say talks broke down last year resulting in them not finding a solution.

Sunday marked exactly a year since Yvonne Mnisi, Pretty Nkambule and Solomon Nyerende’s metal structure was buried almost two kilometers underground due to a sinkhole at the mine.

It’s a year and a day since he last saw his daughter and Yvonne’s father Elmon says his wish is still for her to be brought to the surface so his family can find closure.

“All I want is for my daughter’s body to be found. What will money give me if I don’t have my daughter?”

Nkambule’s partner Christopher Nkambule says the Lily Mine and the Mineral Resources Department must find solutions.

“We just ask that the government and the company work together. We understand that the company doesn’t have money but the two can make a plan.”

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane says he understands the frustrations of the families and is working hard to find a resolution.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)