Family members of Lily Mine victims saddened by slow process

Photo: Phindile Nkambule.

BARBERTON – Family members of the trapped Lily Mine victims told Mpumalanga News that they are lost for words at how slow the rescue and now recovery mission had been going since the tragedy took place.

This comes after the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) had announced that it will ensure those responsible for the Lily Mine tragedy are held to account amid growing speculation that government and management have forgotten about those affected.

“At the moment I’ve run out of energy to say anything to anyone.

We’ve been emotionally drained by the whole ordeal,” said Phindile Nkambule, a sister to one of the victims.

It’s been over a month since a container plunged into a giant hole caused by rock fall at the mine.

Solomon Nyarende, Yvonne Mnisi and Pretty Nkambule who were inside the container at the time have been trapped underground ever since and efforts to rescue them have since been fruitless.

According to Cosatu’s Sizwe Pamla, they suspect that the mine’s management is hiding key information regarding the collapse.

“An investigation must be carried out and those who were reckless and those who failed to adhere to health and safety standards should be held accountable.

The fact that we’ve been barred twice makes us suspicious over what they don’t want us to find out,” Pamla said.

Nomvula Chawane

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