A meeting between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and leaders of its alliance partners in the Mpumalanga province has resulted in the ANC provincial leadership agreeing that they will write a letter to the Minister of the Department of Mineral Resources.

In the letter, provincial secretary Mandla Ndlovu will ask minister Mosebenzi Zwane to “come down” and meet NUM concerning the situation at Lily Mine, the union’s deputy president said on Thursday.

“Yesterday [Tuesday] the provincial secretary [Mandla Ndlovu] of the ANC agreed that he would write a letter to the minister for us to meet the minister so that we put our demands before him that in two weeks’ time we work out a program in ensuring those people are rescued,” Montisetsi said.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) is a recognised union at Lily Mine. Its national spokesman Zungu didn’t answer text messages sent by 013NEWS three days ago, to his phone, concerning the situation at Lily Mine.

Montisetsi said although Num is a minority union at the mine, they would fight for the rescue of Yvonne Mnisi, Pretty Mabuza and Solomon Nyendere.

“We are fighting for the rescue of the African people. We cannot allow a situation where our own people are left trapped underground,” he said.

He said after the meeting with leaders of the ANC and its alliance partners in Mbombela on Tuesday he received a call from Vantage Gold Fields owners and was going to meet them “to hear what they say” on Friday morning this week concerning the situation at Lily Mine.


(edited by ZK)