TONGA – The 23-year-old Lindokuhle Silinda reportedly illegally gained access to the Nkomati Anthracite Mine around 23:00 on Friday. It is suspected that one of the mine’s employees allowed her to drive a truck.
She allegedly lost control of the vehicle and it plunged into the open pit mine. A passenger managed to jump out of the vehicle and was uninjured.
The mine is about 50 meters deep and, according to Capt Magonseni Nkosi of Tonga SAPS, Silinda drowned in about six meters of water at the bottom of the pit.
The Ehlanzeni Divers’ Unit was summoned and after about an hour, Silinda’s body was recovered by Cpt. Joey Potgieter and Sgt. Francois Joubert.
The circumstances of her death are still being investigated and police have opened an inquest docket.
The mine’s CEO, Allan Hepburn, confirmed that the victim was not an employee of the mine and that the case is currently being investigated by the Department of Mineral Resources.