Two killed in fight at gold mine

2012-04-21 19:03

Bloemfontein -  Two men were killed overnight in a fight involving suspected illegal miners at Harmony Gold's Tshepong mine in the Free State, a police spokesperson said on Saturday.

Harmony spokesperson Marian can der Walt said the incident had not halted operations at the mine, the biggest earner of the company that is the country's third largest gold producer.

Company data showed Tshepong produced 207 950 ounces of gold in the 2011 financial year.

"We discovered two male bodies with stab wounds this morning at Tshepong mine in Welkom," police spokesperson Stephen Thakeng said. "It seems they were killed last night in a fight among suspected illegal miners."

The incident was likely to add to growing concern about the presence of unlicensed miners in the mines.

Up to 20 illegal miners were killed last month by a rock fall at an abandoned mine elsewhere.

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