2 bodies found at Langlaagte mine

2016-09-13 18:26
Zama- zamas leading the way for Mines Rescue team into the disused mine at Langlaagte. (Iavan Piljoos, News24)

Zama- zamas leading the way for Mines Rescue team into the disused mine at Langlaagte. (Iavan Piljoos, News24)

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Johannesburg – Volunteer rescuers have found the bodies of the last two miners who were trapped at a disused Langlaagte mine.

The two men are Sibangani Tsikwa, 24, and Njabulo Sibanda, 31, said chairperson of the Zimbabwe Community in South Africa Ngqabutho Mabhena on Tuesday afternoon.

He said one of the bodies was brought closer to the entrance before the rescue team, comprising around 20 members, re-entered the mine to recover the second body.

The community is expected to perform their ancestral rituals once the bodies have been brought to the surface.

On Monday a group of highly specialised rescue technicians and illegal miners formed an unlikely partnership as they spent Monday night searching for the men trapped underground.

Mabhena said previously that 15 volunteers went underground on Friday in search of one trapped miner. The second man who was trapped underground was one of the volunteers who had gone in search of him.

Only eight returned leaving seven underground. On Saturday another three came out while a fourth made his way out on Sunday.

On Monday mine rescue services found two of the remaining volunteers - one was dead and the other, who was in a critical condition, was taken to the Helen Joseph Hospital.

Mabhena said, "There is a 30cm entrance, where the dead bodies are said to be."

Mabhena said they needed to find a way to enter the hole, because the families would not rest until the bodies came out.

"These people have their... traditions and believe they will only be at ease once the bodies are out," he said.

21:31 update: The bodies of the two men were brought to the surface.

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