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Johannesburg- Union federation Cosatu said Lily Vantage Mine in Mpumalanga had finally met its promise to pay the families of three mineworkers who remain trapped underground from last year, and the 75 miners injured in the accident. 

The federation said the families of missing miners Pretty Mabuza, Solomon Nyarenda and Yvonne Mnisi had been paid the R200 000 that was promised to them. The mine also said the 75 injured miners who were promised R50 000 each were paid R10 000. Cosatu said the company that took over operations at Lily Mine needed to prioritise the repatriation of the bodies of the trapped miners first. 

“We also want to see the continuation of an investigation that will help determine the cause of the accident, and we demand that those found responsible should be held accountable,” it said.