ActionSA has accused ANC Secretary-General Fikile Mbalula of “lying” about removing miners’ bodies from Mpumalanga’s Lily Mine within three months.
Mbalula stated in May that the dead would be recovered in three months and the mines will reopen after that.
Pretty Nkambule, Yvonne Mnisi, and Solomon Nyirenda were trapped below in February 2016 after a tremor collapsed part of the mine.
“More than three months have passed since Mbalula made the promise to the families at a worker’s day event where the mine is located in Louisville near Barberton.
“Since then, no progress has been achieved, and instead, ongoing litigation has played out in concluding rescue operations,” ActionSA said.
According to the party, it has spent more than R2 million to get the problem resolved by authorities.
“Since the Lily Mine tragedy took place seven years ago, the families of the victims and former employees have consistently been let down by the ANC,” it said
“ANC leaders, including former mineral resources minister Mosebenzi Zwane and former premier David Mabuza, have promised progress in retrieving the miners’ bodies, but no rescue operations have started.”
ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba has urged the ANC to intervene, saying, “The families of the three miners who died ask the ANC to keep the promises made to them and take tangible steps to help the families retrieve their bodies to give them a dignified burial.
“The families have been let down too often, and we ask the ANC to give the matter the urgency it deserves.”
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