5 more illegal miners found dead

2014-02-27 08:28

Five more illegal miners have been found dead near a mine shaft in Roodepoort.

Joburg emergency management services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said yesterday the five were in addition to the bodies of five illegal miners recovered at the same place on Tuesday.

As was the case on Tuesday, the bodies were brought to the surface by other illegal miners.

“It looks like they died a couple of days ago. [The bodies] are already decomposing,” he said.

A body of another illegal miner was recovered on Sunday in Roodepoort on the West Rand.

Mulaudzi said emergency services tried to send teams into the shaft over the weekend, but they had to be recalled because of the dangerous conditions.

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