Two illegal miners shot after pointing toy guns at police

2015-04-12 22:05


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Cape Town - A group of men alleged to be illegal miners were arrested in an RDP house in Daveyton on Sunday night , Gauteng police said.

Officers surrounded the house around 19:00 after a tip-off that the 11 men were extracting gold particles from the ground, said police spokesperson Kay Makhubele.

Two of the men allegedly pointed guns at police, which were later revealed to be toys, and officers opened fire.

He said the men were taken to hospital and were currently under police guard.

Nine others were detained at Daveyton police station.

Makhubele said the men, aged 30-52, would be appearing in the Springs Magistrate’s Court soon on charges of illegal mining and possession of mining equipment.

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