Miners crushed in Palaborwa rock fall

2012-10-14 18:32

Johannesburg - Three miners were crushed to death at the Palaborwa Mining Company in Limpopo, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Sunday.

NUM's regional secretary in the North East, William Mabapa said the accident occurred at the copper mine on Saturday's night shift.

The miners were investigating a blockage in a rock crusher and were standing beneath it, trying to unblock it.

"When they managed to unblock it, the rocks that were in it fell on them, crushing them to death," he said.

All the men were NUM members.

Mabapa said the department of mineral resources was expected to probe the incident.

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  • jasonlinsa - 2012-10-14 20:25

    Rest in peace. May this tragedy never take place again!

      mahlekzabk.mahlalela - 2012-10-15 01:40

      Very sad what a great lose.

  • wwerum - 2012-10-15 00:01

    yooh! Sad

  • joe.mangena.1 - 2012-10-15 04:53

    Where are the economic experts now?

  • zarina.stander - 2012-10-15 07:38

    Just confirmed that NEITHER of the two trapped miners were/are NUM members, not even being PMC employees.

  • patrick.vandermerwe - 2012-10-15 10:28

    Does anybody know the names of the two miners?

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