YCL in Mpumalanga criticises upcoming event to commemorate Lily Mine collapse

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FILE IMAGE: The sink hole that swallowed the lamp room container in which the three miners were working.
FILE IMAGE: The sink hole that swallowed the lamp room container in which the three miners were working.

The Young Communist League of South Africa in Mpumalanga has described the upcoming event to commemorate the Lily Mine collapse as “inhumane and lacking conscience”.

Young communist provincial leader Ntinyiko Ntini said they view this event that is to take place at the Baberton gold mine premises this coming weekend as an action by the mine-owners to try and find closure for themselves.

A sinkhole on the Friday of 5 February a year ago disappeared with three Vantage Goldfields workers – Yvonne Mnisi, Pretty Nkambule and Solomon Nyerende – when the container they were working in was swallowed during the collapse of the Mpumalanga gold mine.

The Vantage Goldifieds company attempted to rescue the miners earlier last year but suspended rescue operations soon afterwards, pleading broke, saying rescuing Mnisi, Nkambule and Nyendere will require R200 million.

SEE ALSO: Lily Mine company invites families to commemoration of collapse on 5 February 2017.

“Instead of coming with plans to repatriate those bodies, they have guts to invite the families in what is viewed as a commemoration,” Ntini said on Thursday.

“We view this event as a way of the mine to find closure on their side, so they can continue with production which is what they are obsessed with,” said the provincial YCLSA leader.

“Vantage Goldfields and Minister Msebenzi Zwane have failed those families.

“Progressive forces must oppose that event and continue to pressurise the mine management to find ways to repatriate the trapped miners in order for their families to bury them in dignity and find closure,” he added.

(edited by MLM)

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