Mineworkers accused the company’s managers of putting profits before their safety, claiming that the deaths could have been avoided if proper safety precautions had been followed.
This follows the death toll of seven at Sibanye-Stillwater Masakhane mine since thirteen employees were trapped due to a seismic event on Thursday.
On Saturday, Sibanye-Stillwater announced that all 13 of its employees who were trapped underground are accounted for, however, a total of seven had since died.
Six of the employees, were successfully rescued and transported to hospital, and remain in a stable
The company said “Management of Sibanye-Stillwater wishes to express its sincere condolences to friends and family of the deceased.
In February this year, at one of Sibanye’s operations in the Free State province, a total of 955 mine workers were trapped underground, during a storm that had disrupted the power supply and the mine didn’t have a backup generator to compensate for the outage.
The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources has since slammed the management of Sibanye Gold Mine, and claimed that the miners trapped underground were failed by their superiors.