Dad still hopeful for missing daughter

iolbusrep SI Lily Mine070.JPG Independent Media This mineworker, who cannot be named, was among those underground on February 5. Picture: Itumeleng English

The men milling about in mostly in Amcu T-shirts are mineworkers.

The men in the white bakkies coming in and out of the premises include the face of the mine management Mike Begg.

Some are the security detail, henchmen really, like Reuben who says in heavily accented English: “I’ve been ordered to take the media out, out the premises.”

There’s also a man who preaches up a storm, a lay preacher at his church.

He’s taken to preaching to the faithful who gather on the grounds of Lily Mine. His name is Elmon Mnisi, Yvonne’s father.

He says he started working at the mine in 2007.

“I am the one who got my daughter this job,” he says, speaking to us through the window of his Ford Twin Cab. He’s on a break from the “church” activities.

The lamp room where his daughter was the supervisor is “the lifeblood of the miner”, Mnisi says.

In it are stored every essential item a miner going underground would need, from the oxygen tent to sensors.

“I know my God. He has told me the children will be found alive. I don’t care how many days it will take. They will come out alive.”

This is at odds with the “reality” the municipal spokesman was invoking.

Minisi says this is “what I also tell my grandchildren. Their mother will come back.”

Sunday Independent

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