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ANC supports COSATU`s call for enquiry into mine deaths

26 May 2009

The African National Congress (ANC) supports the call by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) for the Department of Minerals conduct full enquiry into all mine accidents.

The recent deaths of nine mine workers in just one week sends a very negative impression of the state of safety in some of South Africa’s mines. We maintain that one death of a mine worker is one too many and captains of mining houses cannot pride themselves for making huge profits if the safety of workers is not their first priority.

The ANC urges mining companies not to neglect adherence to safety rules and standards at the expense of the lives of workers. Only with best practice and zero tolerance when it comes to safety of mine workers, will lead to economic growth.

Issued by:
Jessie Duarte
National Spokesperson African National Congress

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