The NUM (National Union of Mineworkers) has stated that it “is disturbed about the behaviour of Lily mine excluding them from participating in issues post the collapse.

NUM has members at Lily mine that might be directly and indirectly affected by the incident at this mine.

According to NUM’s statement, Lily mine must be reminded that health and safety affect everyone at the mine irrespective of whether such a person is affiliated to a recognised or unrecognised union.

“The exclusion of the NUM leadership from participating in any activity relating to the aftermath of the incident sends us a message as the union that the only health and safety that is protected is that of the members of the recognised union in that workplace.

“It therefore means that the health and safety of the other employees who do not belong to a recognised union are not protected and no weight is attached to it and hence their representatives are not allowed to participate through the other processes that are aimed at identifying the possible causes or unsafe acts that might have resulted in the occurrence of the incident and to agree on possible remedial actions together with the other parties in order to improve the health and safety of all persons working at the mine.

NUM has stipulated that Lily mine management account for the lack of escape route and why the management had no knowledge about the mine being ridden with sinkholes?