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VantageGoldfieldsSowetanLive reports that former Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has pledged money to help the families of three mineworkers whose bodies are still trapped at Lily Mine in Mpumalanga.  

He said he would foot the bill to force the government and Vantage Goldfields to retrieve the three miners.  Pretty Nkambule, Solomon Nyarenda and Yvonne Mnisi disappeared on 5 February 2016 when the mine’s crown pillar collapsed into a sinkhole while they were working in a lamp room container that was swallowed up.  They were never found and their families have been camping outside the mine since April last year.  Mashaba, who was approached by family members of the miners, the community and former employees of the mine, said he would get top lawyers to work on the case.  He said:  "We want them to force government and the mine to retrieve that container and also force the company [Vantage] to pay the employees any outstanding monies or compensations.  If government says they don't have the capacity in South Africa, then let them allow us to seek experts outside the country."  Mashaba was accompanied by former Gauteng police commissioner Deliwe de Lange on a visit to the area on Wednesday.  He brought food parcels for the families and former mineworkers.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Mandla Khoza at SowetanLive
  • Read too, Mashaba to help families of Lily mine victims find 'the best legal assistance', at TimesLIVE


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