The Namaqualand Civic Movement and the DA in the Northern Cape have expressed their condolences to the families of an unconfirmed number of miners who are believed to have died when they were trapped underground at Namaqualand’s Nuttaboy Mine after a tunnel apparently collapsed.
According to reports, four to twelve illegal miners were killed in the incident. At this point, the cause of the collapse is unknown. The DFA contacted people in the area, but they stated that they did not have any additional information on the matter and did not want to speculate on the most recent events.
The Namaqua Civic Movement said in a statement that it was shocked by the incident and urged the affected families to remain strong and positive. “As the civic organisation, we wish to send our condolences to the bereaved families. Those families whose loved ones are still missing, we urge them to remain positive. We believe that the outcome will be positive,” read the statement.
The DA in the Province said on Facebook that it was saddened by the miners’ deaths and “blamed the ANC” for the tragedy. Dr Isak Fritz, the party’s Namaqualand constituency head, stated that the ruling party has failed the people of Namaqualand.
“In 2018, the former deputy minister of the relevant department, Godfrey Oliphant, promised that permits to small-scale miners in the region would be expedited to allow for a greater deal of protection. Over the years, the DA has submitted letters requesting interventions to local authorities, but still government is silent,” said Fritz.