A 32-year- old employee of Discovery Metals Mine in Toteng Village has died in a mine accident.
Alloy Lelaka from Seleka village in Tswapong area was crushed to death by a machine which was being towed out of the pit for repairs.
He was trying to loosen some chains in an effort to pull out the machine which was stuck in a pool of water when the fatal accident occurred.
An eye witness who asked not to be identified said: “That machine has wheels of steel. You can therefore imagine what we had to deal with because there was nothing left to resemble a person.”
DLM Chief Operating Officer at the mine Bob Fulker confirmed that indeed they lost an employee last week Thursday after he was crushed by a machine which was being towed out of Zeta pit for repairs.
“Our officers will aid the government officials whenever possible and we will be conducting independent investigations to identify the root cause of this terrible incident,” stated Fulker in a strongly worded press statement which warned that there will be no further comment until Department of Mines releases details of their investigations.
“Do not make statements or insinuations outside this statement,” read the press release in part.
Sehithwa Police Station Commander Assistant Superintendent Moutlwatsi Ikobeng also confirmed having received a death report from the mine adding that it was the first accident to have been reported with the police.
Meanwhile a 69-year- old man of Sehithwa died on Tuesday in a car accident.
Ikobeng said that the deceased was taking his 12 year old disabled child to Ramotswa School for the Deaf. “The boy and the 32- year-old driver survived,” the police boss said.