National 18.8.2016 12:54 pm

Mpumalanga woman dies while digging for coal

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

It is alleged soil collapsed on her while she was digging for coal.

The family of Anna Ramogale Matentshi, 56, is reeling after she died tragically at an old mine dump in Witbank, Mpumalanga.

This after soil collapsed on her while she was digging for coal in old mine dumps surrounding the Old Coronation on Saturday, Witbank News reported.

Community leader Enos Leutle, who was called to the scene by community members who witnessed the incident, said all efforts to try and save the woman were fruitless.

The community members tried to dig her out only to find that they were digging in the wrong place and had to start all over again as the seconds ticked away.

“It took us about 40 minutes to bring her to the surface. She was already dead when we finally got her out,” added Leutle.

Police reported that they were called out at about 2.40pm and found her body already dug out.

“This is a concern of people dying while out to dig out coal. We hope some means can be found to prevent it,” Leutle said.

Matentshi’s family is still in shock. They described her as a mother who dreamed big for her children, and a mother trying to keep them warm as the cold winter spells danced over the Highveld.

The family is in process of making funeral arrangements.

– Caxton News Service


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