The provincial leadership of the Young Communist League in Mpumalanga has used the past weekend’s provincial council to convey a message of support to the families of the three workers who are still trapped underground at the Barberton mine.

The provincial communist structure met over the weekend in Ermelo for their council to discuss a variety of issues.

In the declaration released on 4 October 2016, the young lions express shocks at the lack of “political will” by Vantage Goldfields bosses “to salvage the situation” at Lily Mine.

“The last attempt to rescue the workers was conducted five months ago and since then nothing has been done.

“The council sends message of solidarity to the affected families and wish to call on government and the mine management to find ways to intervene so the families could find closure,” it said.

Provincial secretary Tinyiko Ntini and provincial chairman Sandile Khumalo were elected during an eMalahleni on 15 August 2015.

Mluleki Dlelanga, who was elected earlier to take over from Bhuti Manamela nationally, addressed the Mpumalanga young communist league council on Sunday on behalf of the national executive committee of the league.

Mandla Tibane, who moved a month ago to replace Lucky Mbuyane – who was elected into the provincial chairmanship, replacing Eric Kholwane -  as provincial motherbody 1st deputy secretary, also addressed the council.

“The council therefore reaffirms YCLSA’s long-held resolution from the 2nd national congress in 2006 and the 6th plenary session of the of the 4th national committee for the SACP to contest elections in 2019,” the declaration said.

(edited by ZK)

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