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newsANA reports that the chairperson of the Zimbabwean Community in South Africa, Ngqabutho Mabhena, criticised the SA government for calling off the rescue operation at a disused Langlaagte shaft, saying it was arrogant.  

“The South African government, through the Ministry of Mineral Resources, took a decision to abandon this (rescue mission) claiming that there was no one inside.  But we have proven that indeed people are here, we have brought two bodies,” Mabhena said after two bodies were brought to the surface by volunteers on Tuesday.  He went on to say:  “This, in our view, is arrogance at its best.  Because the minister when he came here, he came in like a pop star.  He simply just addressed the families without engaging them.  He had no interest in talking with the people who work in this mine.”  

As many as 16 people were thought to have unlawfully entered the shaft last week and then become trapped underground.  At least three of the illegal miners died.  The men were all Zimbabwean nationals.

  • Read this report by Siphelele Dludla in full at IOL News
  • Read too, Miners blast 'rescue protocol', at Cape Times
  • And also, DMR defends decision to suspend rescue operations at Langlaagte mine, at EWN

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