Friday, October 30, 2020

Questions over missing BCL employee

Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of Dipogiso Dingalo, a BCL employee who was last seen near the mine smelter vessels in Selibe Phikwe.

Although some of his colleagues maintain that he could have fallen into one of the high temperature smelters at the mine, BCL management maintains that could not be possible.

Information reaching The Sunday Standard is that one weekend, when he was off duty, Dingalo wandered close to the smelters and that was the last time he was seen.
A docket remains open at the Selibe Phikwe Police station.

“We are not aware that BCL is under investigation over the disappearance of Mr. Dingalo,” said BCL General Manger, Montwedi Mphath, in response to queries by The Sunday Standard that police we investigating a possible cover up of the mine fatality.

Mphathi said BCL is aware of the allegations that Dingalo could have perished through one of the smelters at the mine.

“We know about the disappearance of Mr. Dingalo and allegations that he did so in the plant area, since we together with the Botswana Police investigated the matter. There is an open case file at the Selebi Phikwe Police Station on the matter.

The Department of Mines is also aware of the case as we reported it to them,” said Mphathi.

He, however, said it’s not possible that Dingalo fell in through one of the vessels at BCL Mine.

“We know of the allegation that he may have fallen into one of the vessels in the smelter. We have investigated this and came to the conclusion that it is not possible for this to happen,” he said.

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