Illegal miner killed in Springs

2011-08-27 18:26

Johannesburg - A man died while he was mining illegally in Springs, east of Johannesburg, Gauteng police said on Saturday.

Police received a call on Friday at 11:00 that a rock had fallen on a man while he was digging on land belonging to Aurora Gold mine, Captain Johannes Ramphora said.

He said rescue workers were still trying to retrieve his body, which was believed to be trapped about 100m underground.

  • PinkAndProud - 2011-08-27 18:32

    Cheerio to the 'miner' and to the rescue team, I say 'stop wasting my tax money and leave him down there'.

  • Colin Dovey - 2011-08-27 18:43

    The sad part is that so-called "Bad Brad" was emplyed to stop these miscreants, and when he does so, effectively, is accused of murder by the police!

      johnnymacza - 2011-08-28 07:16

      if it was not murder he would have reported the incident yo police immediately.

  • THE.SRG - 2011-08-27 18:56

    He was a bit early for the nationalization scheme.Must have though he was the early bird

      THE.SRG - 2011-08-27 18:57

      tried to get in there before the malema conviction

      THE.SRG - 2011-08-27 19:03

      miners friend: "patience is a virtue" miner: "no she is not,she is one of my wives and i know she has slept with many men!"

      THE.SRG - 2011-08-27 19:08

      miners friend: "patience is the companion of wisdom" miner: "where the hell can i find Wisdom,i know he worked at the garden down the street and i will kill him for sleeping with my girl"

  • PinkAndProud - 2011-08-27 18:57

    If they just leave him down there his family won't have any burial costs.

  • nkhadi - 2011-08-27 19:03

    how long are we going to rescue these miners. they go there illegally and once trapped, they call 112 for help. treat them like criminals and the mine CEO's must make sure that they earn their salaries by protecting the mines, that include the mines not being mined according to mine health and safety Act.

      THE.SRG - 2011-08-27 19:05

      i dont think he called anyone after the rock fell on his head....he is dead

  • nkhadi - 2011-08-27 20:03

    THE SRG, these people do that in groups. and should they find you on the way you are dead.

      THE.SRG - 2011-08-27 20:07

      so are you saying his group called 112?

      Neil - 2011-08-27 20:59

      @SRG: Yes, it was a team effort.LOL!

      THE.SRG - 2011-08-27 21:34

      and they wouldnt find me on the way as i dont hang out on dirt roads near mines...dont know what you do in your spare time nkhadi.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-27 20:28

    good news all around

  • MTRONSA Agency - 2011-08-27 20:59

    If the SA governments, from the old National Pary to the new ANC gov did not bring in and keep numerous laws to prevent anybody but them and their friends to benefit from the country's mineral wealth, these "illegal" miners would have been able to work in much safer conditions. This man was willing to work for his money and not trying to hijack my car.His death is tragic. No, I am not in favour of nationalisation.

      Zion - 2011-08-28 08:10

      Rather look at the limitations of the labour law. Although there are foreigners working the gold mines they form a small contingent. These illegal miners (zama-zamas) cannot get work on the mines. I have spoken to some black South African miners and have been told that these Zama's are prepared to pay up to R100 for a loaf of bread. On the other hand the mines are, by law, to rehabilitate their mining sites when the mine has closed down. That seldom happens and the zama's take over.

  • Nanasei - 2011-08-27 21:45

    Lol, what did he expect? hope its a lesson learned for the others?

  • johnnymacza - 2011-08-28 07:20

    or was the rock perhaps dropped on him by security?

  • Zion - 2011-08-28 08:01

    As a matter of interest: A few weeks back 500 and something zama-zamaz were arrested on the defunct St. Helena Mine in Welkom. They had loads of gold dust in their possession. The cops found much more on the cleaning up operation. Few understand what this outlet of gold is doing to the gold price because it is not going through the normal financial channels but sent to other African countries like Mos, Lesotho and Zim. The value of the dust is in millions. I state under correction that those apprehended were carrying huge amounts of cash on their persons. I would do the same were I jobless and had 12 children.

  • OH_DEAR - 2011-08-28 12:02

    i could not care less....

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