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ActionSAThe Mercury reports that ActionSA on Monday held a picket in front of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) offices in Pretoria with the families of those killed in the Lily Mine tragedy of 2016.

They were protesting over the NPA’s failure to take a decision about possible prosecution of those involved. On 5 February 2016, Solomon Nyirenda, Yvonne Mnisi and Pretty Nkambule were trapped underground after the crown pillar at Lily mine in Mpumalanga collapsed. The three were in a container that plunged 60m during the collapse. They were killed and their unrecovered remains have still not been recovered. ActionSA president Herman Mashaba noted that the Mbombela Magistrate’s Court found, in mid-October last year, that the NPA should consider criminal prosecution against implicated individuals and bodies, including the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy. He claimed that they were promised in December that a decision would be made in January, but it had not yet been announced by the NPA. Mashaba said the party’s objective remained to see the mine shaft reopened to retrieve the container in which the three victims were entombed. This would allow relatives to provide a proper burial for their loved ones, as well as securing compensation for the families of the affected miners, and ensuring that those who were liable for the tragedy were criminally prosecuted.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Kuben Chetty at The Mercury

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