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ANC saddened by tragic deaths of seven mineworkers at the Sibanye-Stillwater mine's Driefontein

5 May 2018

The African National Congress saddened by the tragic deaths of seven mineworkers at Sibanye-Stillwater mine's Driefontein operations, and has conveyed its heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the deceased.

The ANC is concerned that these fatal mine accidents are taking place with monotonous regularity. This tragic accident must serve as an urgent reminder to mining companies to pay more focused attention to mine safety. We hope that the latest tragedy will shake mining companies into prioritising the safety of workers.

We wish to join the mining unions in their call for mining companies to improve safety measures at their operations. There must be a total overhaul of safety measures in all mining operations. Among other things, mining companies have a responsibility to ensure that effective rescue plans are in place.

We urge mining companies to put the lives of workers above profits. The safety, health and well-being of workers cannot be sacrificed at the altar of greed and profit. Mining companies must be compelled to invest in safety measures as part of the long-term strategy to prevent such tragedies from happening in future. The Department of Mining Resources must be uncompromising in its enforcement of safety measures in the mines.

We are confident that the Minister of Mining Resources, Cde Gwede Mantashe, will ensure speedy and thorough investigation of this tragic incident in order to prevent similar accidents from happening in future.

Issued by the African National Congress

Enquiries: Pule Mabe
ANC National Spokesperson