Mineral Resources Minister, Gwede Mantashe says Sibanye-Stillwater mine should be held accountable for the death of four mine-workers on Monday.

The miners succumbed to heat and gas exposure. Mantashe says the mine was reckless in allowing the miners to go into an area that wasn’t ventilated.

It’s alleged that a shift manager forced workers to go work in an unsafe place at the mine at Westonaria, west of Johannesburg. Mantashe says the latest incident has brought a challenge to his department.

“We will apply the rules of law in terms of whatever sections of law that needs to apply to be hard on the transgressions. But there were few observations that we are making is that these workers were going to an area that was not mined for a long time but you allow them in there without ventilating the area and the heat levels are unbearable.”

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