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ConCourtEWN reports that the families of three miners whose bodies were never recovered after they were trapped underground at the Lily Gold Mine in Mpumalanga are hoping that a Constitutional Court (ConCourt) challenge against the government and mine management will help bring them closure.  

Solomon Nyirenda, Pretty Nkambule and Yvonne Mnisi were trapped in a container on 5 February 2016 after a shaft collapsed.  Attempts to retrieve their bodies were abandoned for safety reasons.  For more than 500 days, the families of Nyirenda, Nkambule and Mnisi have camped outside the mine in Lowscreek in a bid to draw attention to their plight.  They are convinced that the bodies of the three can still be retrieved.  Former City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba is also of this view and has offered to assist the families in their legal challenge against the government and mine management.  Spokesperson for the families, Harry Mazibuko, said:  "We're seeking the intervention of the government, especially the DMRE (Department of Mineral Resources and Energy) as the regulator to intervene because we believe and know they've got all the powers to solve this issue."  Mazibuko added that the families had no intention of leaving the site until their loved ones' remains were brought to the surface.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Edwin Ntshidi at EWN


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