By Angie Nkuna
Phalaborwa- At least the number of Mineworkers who were killed at the Palabora Mining Company has increased to six people, after it was reported that a conveyor belt caught fire underground on Sunday morning.
The joint search operation led by the Search and Rescue Teams was activated immediately after the tragic incident was reported to the Police and the first body was retrieved during the day.
The search operation for the last missing miner continued until the wee hours of the morning at 02:35, that’s when the body was retrieved bringing the total number of fatalities to six.
Limpopo police spokesperson, L.T. Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe says police in Phalaborwa are investigating the death of the killed Mineworkers who were trapped underground.
“The cause of the incident is still not clear at this stage, but Police investigations inconjunction with other role players, including the affected Mine will reveal what the cause is as they’re still pending…”
Meanwhile, mnister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe says” we reiterate our call to mining companies to prioritise the safety of Mineworkers at all times.
“The DMR will proceed with the investigation into the cause of the accident at Palabora, soon after the fire underground has been extinguished and the area is declared safe.”
According to the statement released by PMC, the deceased are all male and are being identified. See below the statement: