Several former Lily Mine employees have been risking their lives, camping outside the mine and trying to recover the bodies of their colleagues who were working in a container office during a rockfall incident and buried underground in 2016.
The former mineworkers who are on a mission to recover the bodies of Pretty Nkambule, Yvonne Mnisi and Solomon Nyarenda have now been accused of trespassing.
The workers were briefed by the inspectors from the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy following a visit by former Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba.
Africa Melane on 702Breakfast chats to a former Lily Mine employee and spokesperson of the aggrieved group Harry Mazibuko and Department of Minerals Resources and Energy director-general advocate Thabo Mokoena to weigh in on the matter.
The initial meeting was because we decided as former workers on 30 April last year to camp outside the mine and unfortunately we were removed by a court order. We are camping here to put pressure and voice out our frustrations.— Harry Mazibuko, Former employee and spokesperson of aggrieved group - Lily Mine
He says the department was there to advise them on the safety precautions and measures to be followed.
Mokoena says the department has been involved in discussions with the workers and the company.
As you are aware, there are court cases that have been taking place but we are trying to encourage parties not to go to courts as this may delay the reopening of the mine.— Advocate Thabo Mokoena, Director-general - Department of Minerals Resources and Energy
Listen below to the full conversation: