Illegal miner found dead

By Drum Digital
08 January 2014

One illegal miner has been found dead following a search and rescue operation at a makeshift mine shaft in Florida on Gauteng's West Rand.

Thirty-seven of 40 miners rescued at an illegal mine in Florida, on the West Rand, have been arrested, Gauteng police said.

"So far, about 40 miners have been rescued. Two of them were injured and one was [found] dead, so 37 have been arrested," said Colonel Noxolo Kweza.

They were charged with trespassing, illegally being in possession of precious metals, and entering the country without proper documentation.

"They will appear in court between today [Wednesday] and tomorrow [Thursday]," she said.

The death of the one miner was being investigated, with the miners discovered following a tip-off.

"Florida [SA Police Service] responded to a call from a local resident about a group [of people] with dangerous weapons. We arrested a 33-year-old man who was found at the scene," Kweza said on Tuesday.

The man indicated to the police that he had been working underground.

- SAPA

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