newsThe Citizen reports that continued attacks on the settlement outside of Lily Mine where the families of the three dead miners whose bodies are still trapped in a container underground have forced the official spokesperson for the three families into hiding for fear of his life.

Harry Mazibuko has for the past five years been leading a campaign, asking, petitioning and pleading for government support to have the container retrieved. Earlier this month the families of Yvonne Mnisi, Pretty Nkambule, and Solomon Nyerendewere, who are camping outside the mine waiting for their relatives’ bodies to be retrieved, were attacked by a mob of “known assailants”. Their shacks and belongings outside the mine gate were set alight. Two weeks ago following the attacks on the camp, a group of unknown men arrived at Mazibuko’s father’s place looking for him. “Last Friday we decided with the families at the camp and together with my family and also our lawyers that I go into hiding,” Mazibuko indicated. Since the destruction of the settlement, suspect Kaizer Gwebu was arrested and appeared in court. He is alleged to have recorded a voice note confirming his involvement in burning down the settlement with three other accomplices. He is currently out on bail. ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba has vowed to stand by the three families. “We wish to place on record that threatening the lives of the protesting miners and their families cannot and will not be tolerated,” Mashaba stated.

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