ZCTU blames govt for deaths of 22 Zim illegal miners in SA

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has blamed government for the death of 22 Zimbabwean illegal miners gassed to death in a South African disused mine.

ZCTU said it was the duty of the government to create employment for its people and the Zimbabwean government must shoulder the blame for these deaths.

“The deaths are a result of gaps in employment creation in Zimbabwe, forcing the young and energetic working group to end up risking their lives in dangerous working environments,” ZCTU secretary general Japhet Moyo said in a statement.

Thirteen of those killed, whose bodies returned home last Friday, were from Nkayi, five from Gokwe South, two from Tsholotsho, one from Kwekwe while one woman was from Kezi.

It is believed that at least 23 Zimbabweans died at the abandoned mine near Johannesburg alongside several other foreigners a fortnight ago.

Many more Zimbabweans are believed to be buried in the shafts of the disused mine as the operations to retrieve bodies was abandoned following unbearable temperatures of as much as 40 degrees Celsius in the shaft.

“We are calling upon authorities to put in place investor friendly policies that lure genuine investors who create decent employment in the country,” Moyo said.

“It is a disgrace for our skilled unemployed youths to go out scavenging for jobs in neighbouring countries when Zimbabwe has huge deposits of minerals mines lying dormant because the country is a high risk investment destination.”

Comments (8)

Zanu Pf is arrogant for nothing. Indeginisation, Zim Asset ... What rubbish. Even Zambia is now doing better than us because of our bad policies. Even someone who studied O'level economics would easily know how to fix the cuirrent economic problems. Simple laws of economics that Zanu Pf tries to defy. Reminds me of the Zim Dollar era when the solution was just plain clear but Zanupf insisted on a worthless currency fo a while before seeing the light.

Cde - 12 March 2014

ZCTU must also understand that the govt and the economy are under sanctions which its first born, MDCT has supported over the yrs! So the labour movement which gave birth to MDCT should not shed croco tears over high unempolyment and citizens dying in exile as they look for jobs! ZCTU is approaching this issue with dirty hands!

Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof) - 12 March 2014

@Cde Mzinavanhu, Sanctions are there but sanctions do not formulate policies like Indeginisation. Even thieves entrusted with public funds just cry sanctions while looting. Indeginisation does not empower the ordinary person who is struggling to feed himself. What we need is investment so that people get jobs, and gain experience. With a job you can save money and eventually start your own indegineous business using the experience and capital gained from the foreign company.

Cde - 12 March 2014

Prof Muzvinavhu muri kuto zvirwarirao zvenyu. Panoda ano kurapisaio .

Mambo - 12 March 2014

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CARTRIDGEGALLERY - 13 March 2014

How very shocking it is that there are people who still believe this sanctions rubbish when it has been laid bare for all to see the Cashbags,Pasi and them who are looting the taxes we are paying to the govt. Let's wake up guys.

Sinikiwe Shumba - 13 March 2014

even Smith was imposed with sanctions but our economy was booming and u always cry of sanctions does sanction force ZANU PF to adopt look east policy and Ministers own many companies where did they get money from.There are no sanctions but travelling bans to individuals does travelling improve the economy of the country

motongo - 13 March 2014

even Smith was imposed with sanctions but our economy was booming and u always cry of sanctions does sanction force ZANU PF to adopt look east policy and Ministers own many companies where did they get money from.There are no sanctions but travelling bans to individuals does travelling improve the economy of the country

motongo - 13 March 2014

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