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By Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi | Jun 08, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

WHEN Motswaneng left his girlfriend and three children a month ago to work at a mine, he promised them life would not be the same after his return.

He and other young men were recruited to dig for gold at the infamous Eiland mine shaft, a few kilometres west of Welkom in Free State. He had never had a good paying job before.

Tragically, his body was among the 78 men that were found dead underground at the mine.

His girlfriend, Nthabiseng Seboko, told Sowetan yesterday that her man had big dreams for his family.

"He wanted us to live good lives," Seboko said. "He believed his dream of owning a beautiful house would come true.

"He had seen other people who had been down there driving big cars and he also wanted that."

She said now that he was dead her dreams and those of her children were shattered.

"Our lives depended on him," she said. "I am unemployed and I don't know what my children will eat."

Relatives complained that it was difficult to differentiate between the 78 corpses. Seboko said she had been able to identify Motswaneng because his name was written on a piece of paper that was put in his body bag.


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