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NUM: Govt has failed to hold firm to account for Lily Mine tragedy

Yvonne Mnisi, Pretty Nkambule and Solomon Nyerende were trapped in a lamp room in a container underground when a pillar collapsed and buried them with soil and rocks in 2016.

FILE: Sink hole at the Lily Mine in Barberton. Picture: Vantage Goldfield

JOHANNESBURG – The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says two years after the disappearance of three workers at Lily Mine, government has failed to hold the Australian company responsible for the rock fall to account.

The Mineral Resources Department revealed in Parliament on Wednesday that the families of the miners have been compensated with R200,000 for the tragedy at the Mpumalanga gold mine.

Yvonne Mnisi, Pretty Nkambule and Solomon Nyerende were trapped in a lamp room in a container underground when a pillar collapsed and buried them with soil and rocks.

NUM’s Joseph Montisetse says: “They were doing and saying nothing about the company that is squarely responsible for killing people. The department has failed dismally to follow up on that.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)