The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is calling for the amendment of the Mining Health Safety Act, so that companies like Sibanye-Stillwater, could be prosecuted upon failing to protect their workers, Eye Witness News (EWN) reported.
This follows the recent death of another mineworker at the company’s Khomanani mine Driefontein operation, which the company announced a few days ago.
According to the company’s statement, for reasons still to be determined, preliminary investigations show the worker entered a scraper path and was caught by the machine.
This brings to 21 the number of miners who have died at Sibanye Stillwater this year.
According to EWN, Spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu said this is shocking.
“The Mining Health and Safety Act must be amended so that those who are found to be responsible in the fatalities in the mining industry must be arrested and prosecuted today.”
With all stakeholders, Sibanye-Stillwater is convening the second safety summit for Friday, 29 June, in order to collectively address these incidents, prevent the loss of lives and re-establishing its safety record.
Source: Eye Witness News