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June 23, 2024
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HOPE FOR ZAMA-ZAMA BODIES

Maseru, Aug.07—The government of Lesotho through the ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations has revealed that there is hope on the process of exhuming  the bodies of over 30 Basotho that died in the illegal mines in South Africa in May.

Speaking in an interview with the Agency on Monday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International relations Mr. Lejone Mpotjoane said the government of Lesotho sought help from the relevant departments in South Africa including the mine. 

He indicated that assessments have also been made on how the bodies can be safely exhumed  as the methane gas is reported to still be very high at that spot. 

Mr. Mpotjoane added that experts who are working on this matter are reported to have made an opening which is aimed at pulling out the methane gas which is stated to still be present as to allow for easy entry into the mine.

Bodies of 31 Basotho men were reported to have been trapped following an explosion that took place at a closed mine in Harmony, Virginia in South Africa in May in which only one person was reported to have survived.

An undisclosed number of Basotho have been engaging in illegal mining in South Africa for the longest time and have had many Basotho dying in the process.

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