Somber moments as 7 bodies are retrieved from a shaft

Two Nations Correspondent 

GWANDA – There were somber moments when bodies of seven miners at Bucks Mine in Gwanda who fell to their death into a mine shaft after a hoist snapped were retrieved yesterday. 

 The accident happened on Saturday and Kaweni Holdings, the proprietors of the mine will take care of the burial expenses.

Relatives, friends and members from the community watched in horror as the mutilated bodies with broken limps, fractured skulls, peeling off skins because of the advanced state of decomposition were pulled out of the 240-metre deep shaft.

The operation was conducted by Vhumbachikwe Mine in the presence of officials from the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development. 

Police has since released the names of the deceased as Ezweni Masuku who was the mine manager, Chrispen Ndlovu (32), Wisdom Munsaka (28), Desire Ncube (25), Panganai Chimuka (23), Chester Mbangani (59) and Abie Mudimba.  

Mines and Mining Development Deputy Minister, Polite Kambamura urged miners to adhere to safety rules in order to avert disasters.

The miners were killed after hoisting ropes to a skip snapped as they were being brought out of the mine plunging them back 240 metres down.

Zimbabwe Miners Federation Matebeleland South provincial chairman Philemon Mokuele said most miners were shunning safety trainings.

“Our son Desire’s body had decomposed, his skull crashed. He was still young and looking forward to a future.  We hoped that he would look after us one day,” said Lester Ncube from Hwange.

Gladys Mbangeni who lost her husband said she was shattered by the death but relieved that at least the body was finally found and they were going to bury their loved one at home.

“I thank God that my husband’s body is finally found and we are going to bury him at home. We didn’t expect him to die this way. Now the family has no one to fend for it,” said Mbangeni in tears.

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