ALLAN SECCOMBE: Union’s attack on mine proto teams is shameful
It is disrespectful to accuse ‘lily-white’ proto teams of not doing enough to save trapped black miners
For a mining company to deal with four deaths and the difficult, dangerous recovery of those bodies is one thing. To deal with an unfounded, racist diatribe from a union about those rescue efforts adds a nasty and unnecessary element to such a tragedy.
National Union of Mineworkers president (NUM) Joseph Montisetse made the astonishing allegation that the “lily-white proto team” deliberately stopped rescue efforts by miners to save four of their colleagues at the 1.35km deep Tau Lekoa gold mine after an underground tremor on December 7.