Harmony Gold promises speedy probe into Kusasalethu mine tragedy

Five miners lost their lives at the Kusasalethu operation during a seismic event there in August.

Harmony Gold Chairperson Patrice Motsepe speaking alongside Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane and union leaders at a briefing about the deaths of five miners at Kusasalethu mine on 1 September 2017. Picture: Twitter/@DMR_SA.

JOHANNESBURG - Harmony Gold management has promised the families of five miners who died underground in Carletonville that a thorough and speedy investigation will be conducted.

The miners lost their lives at the Kusasalethu operation during a seismic event there in August.

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane and other mine executives were attending a memorial service in Carletonville.

Harmony Gold CEO Pieter Steenkamp has condemned the incident and says the families deserve answers so they can find peace.

“As with all mine accidents, this one will be investigated. We will try to understand what happened and we will learn from the findings of this investigation.”

At the same time, Harmony Gold Chairman Patrice Motsepe says if the mine bosses cannot ensure the safety of workers, then the mine cannot continue to operate.

“We have a duty to all employees, black and white, and yes we can’t blame the mining industry and sometimes it’s easier to walk away.”

Motsepe has promised families a speedy report to ensure anyone found to have had a hand in the deaths is held accountable.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)