Patrice Motsepe at a press conference on January 30, 2013 in Johannesburg in South Africa.
JOHANNESBURG – Harmony Gold Chairperson, Patrice Motsepe, says the safety of minerworkers is the company's responsibility.
Five miners died after being trapped.
The ground collapsed about three kilometres underground at Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine in Carletonville.
“The mining industry cannot continue, should not continue, will not continue as it has the last 100 years. In the main the duty is ours as employers. When we had a press conference on Thursday, what I made very clear is that when every single worker walks through the gates every day and reports for work they are our responsibility. If there is an accident, people are injured, people lose their lives the investigation and enquiry must continue but the starting point is as management as the company we take full responsibility whatever the outcome,” Motsepe said.