- In 2016, three mineworkers were trapped inside Lily Mine in Barberton, Mpumalanga
- Former mayor Herman Mashaba has decided to join the crusade to retrieve the remains of those who perished
- The politician aims to force the state and mine to retrieve the bodies, offering to foot the bill
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Former Jozi mayor Herman Mashaba has pledged to return the remains of Pretty Nkambule, Solomon Nyarenda, and Yvonne Mnisi to their families.
The three mineworkers lost their lives when the mine collapsed on top of a lamp room container, with the safety officers never located by subsequent rescue attempts.
Their desperate families have been camping outside the mine in Barberton, Mpumalanga since midway through last year.
In a bid to resolve the grim situation, the families had approached Mashaba for help and the politician is promising to get top-notch lawyers to work the case:
"I'm grateful and proud of these South Africans that are taking our democracy seriously. We really need such people who don't take things for granted. Listening to them has made me commit to get my family to get them the best lawyers in the country."
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Mashaba intends to force the state's hand in the situation, insisting those left behind should be compensated:
"We want them to force the government and the mine to retrieve that container and also force the company [Vantage] to pay the employees any outstanding monies or compensations."
Briefly.co.za reported that the nation had mourned the loss of life on the third anniversary of the incident, lamenting the fact that the efforts to retrieve the remains of the mineworkers had seemingly been abandoned.
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