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ActionSAIOL News reports that ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba has written to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) requesting prosecution of those involved in the Lily Mine tragedy of February 2016 within 14 days.

In February 2016, the crown pillar at the mine in Mpumalanga collapsed, leaving Pretty Nambule, Yvonne Mnisi, and Solomon Nyirenda trapped underground. Their remains are still unrecovered at the site. Last year, the Mbombela Magistrate’s Court ruled that the NPA should consider criminal prosecution against those found liable for the tragedy, including the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy. Mashaba noted that the NPA promised to decide on the issue by the end of January but, to date, there has been no announcement. "ActionSA’s objective remains to see the mine shaft reopened to retrieve the container in which the three victims were entombed, securing compensation for the families of the affected miners, and ensuring that those who are liable for the tragedy are criminally prosecuted," Mashaba advised in a statement. He indicated that he had received power of attorney from the families to pursue, if possible, civil and criminal litigation against the parties found liable. Mashaba added that his party would remain committed to help retrieve the bodies of the three miners and would continue to assist the families in any way possible.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Kamogelo Moichela at IOL News


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