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EFF Fezile Dabi Remembers the Victims of the 1960 Coalbrook Mine Tragedy

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EFF Commemorates 64th Anniversary of South Africa’s Devastating Coalbrook Mine Disaster

EFF Commemorates 64th Anniversary of South Africa’s Devastating Coalbrook Mine Disaster

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Fezile Dabi Region, led by Regional Chairperson April Motaung, commemorated the solemn 64th anniversary of the Coalbrook mine disaster—one of the deadliest mining accidents in South African history.

EFF Commemorates 64th Anniversary of South Africa’s Devastating Coalbrook Mine Disaster

EFF Commemorates 64th Anniversary of South Africa’s Devastating Coalbrook Mine Disaster

On January 21, 1960, over 400 mineworkers were trapped 180 meters underground when a large section of the Clydesdale Colliery at Coalbrook, near Sasolburg, collapsed. The catastrophe was attributed to the failure of around 900 underground pillars. At that time, there were no drilling machines in the country capable of creating rescue-sized holes. Despite efforts from rescue teams dispatched from neighboring mines, the search was halted after 11 days, with all 435 miners declared dead.

The EFF’s statement marks this date as an annual reminder of the perils faced by mineworkers due to the actions of what they refer to as “White-Monopoly Capital.” The commemoration serves to underline the ongoing exploitation and hazardous working conditions that persist in the mining industry.

Motaung extended the EFF’s condolences to the families and communities affected by the disaster, noting the far-reaching impact it had not only on the Northern Free State and Vaal regions but also the mining sector at large. In the wake of the tragedy, the Coal Mines Research Controlling Council was established to enhance mining safety and research. This move was supported by organizations such as the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the Chamber of Mines Research Organization.

In its statement, the EFF reiterated its stance on the nationalization of mines in South Africa, arguing that this step would ensure the prioritization of human lives over profit maximization. The party highlighted the plight of miners, who often face health risks and meager wages while being at risk of harm when demanding their rights.

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