Lily Mine accident should be declared a national disaster, says AMCU president

Weekend Breakfast's Africa Melane spoke to Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), about the latest developments on the Lily Mine accident.

Pretty Nkambule, Solomon Nyerende and Yvonne Mnisi were trapped when the ground on the surface collapsed last week, burying the container in thousands of tonnes of debris and rock.

Listen to the conversation below...

Firstly, one should ask: why was any structures put on top of the area which was mined before as an open cast? If it's so, did the mine follow the right procedure of regulating the big open pit like that one? But, at this point in time, to draw any conclusion would be unfair, let's rather look at how we rescue those three employees.

Joseph Mathunjwa, president of AMCU

Yesterday when I was engaging with the premier, David Mabuza, I did tell him that this accident should be declared as a national disaster because I don't think from now on they will able to handle the rescue.

Joseph Mathunjwa, president of AMCU

This article first appeared on 702 : Lily Mine accident should be declared a national disaster, says AMCU president


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