Free State Mine Dam Burst Floods Kill Three; Four People Critically Injured

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The ANC has noted with sadness the incident that took place in the Free State Province, Jagersfontein, where three people lost their lives and many injured after a dam wall collapsed, causing a mudslide. The disaster unfolded at about 6am on Sunday, 11 September in the diamond mining town, which is situated in the Kopanong local municipality. About forty people have since been taken to hospital after sustaining injuries, while four people have been confirmed to be missing. Homes and vehicles were swept away, people were displaced and others lost property. Power was down, water supply had been disrupted and telecommunication lines had been disturbed in the area.

The ANC expresses appreciation to the role played by the Provincial and National government in providing support and assistance to the affected communities. We urge communities to remain calm and allow the investigation to take place. We call upon the mining industry to take responsibility for the environmental protection.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the people who lost their lives in the incident.  We wish the injured survivors a speedy recovery and a positive outcome in the search for missing residents.