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Zwane calls for safety after miners trapped, bodies found at Kusasalethu

Three people have died, while two more have been trapped underground since Friday.

Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine. Picture: Harmony Gold.

JOHANNESBURG - Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has called on mine management to prioritise safety following a seismic event at Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine in Carletonville.

Three people have died, while two more have been trapped underground since Friday.

Rescue operations continue.

The department says it remains concerned about the number of accidents in the sector.

Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu)'s president Joseph Mathunjwa says the mining sector is unsafe.

“Even though the company can be found to be negligent, but the families of the deceased cannot sue for damages against the company. At the end of the day, the only thing is a prosecution and the prosecution ends up with the miner.”

Harmony Gold spokesperson Lauren Fourie disagrees.

“I can assure you that safety is our number one priority and safety is a responsibility of every single employee and every personnel working in our mine.”

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)