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By unknown | Jan 31, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Namhla Tshisela

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The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has accused Anglo Platinum (Angloplat) of negligence after a miner drowned at the Amandelbult plant in Rustenburg, North West, on Monday.

Godfrey Ntlhabane, 23, "drowned immediately" after he was sent underground using a cage, said NUM national spokesman Lesiba Seshoka.

"He was sent there to drown," said Seshoka.

He said production at the mine was suspended last week following a severe storm which flooded some of the underground working areas.

"After consultation with the mine management, it was decided that there should be no production until all the water had been pumped out," said Seshoka.

Angloplat spokesman Trevor Raymond confirmed the death but declined to comment on the incident.

"At this stage I can only confirm the fatality. I cannot comment on the incident or the allegations by the union until an investigation is completed."

But the union said the company should be brought to book over the death of the miner.

"We can no longer allow people to die like flies just because some people want to catch up on commodity prices at the expense of the poor," said Seshoka.

A memorial service for Ntlhabane will be held at Amandelbult today.


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