Bodies of 5 illegal miners found

2014-02-26 07:11

Johannesburg - The bodies of five illegal miners were found near a shaft in Roodepoort on Tuesday, Johannesburg emergency management services said.

"The five illegal miners were confirmed dead on scene by our paramedics," spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said.

The cause of death was unknown, Mulaudzi said.

The bodies of the miners were brought to surface by other illegal miners.

"We are concerned about the number of illegal mining incidence in the area... we want to inform them to stop this dangerous activity because they put their lives in danger," Mulaudzi said.

A body of another illegal miner was recovered on Sunday in Roodepoort. Twenty-five people were rescued last week from an abandoned mine in Benoni, on the East Rand.

Police said the bodies of two illegal miners were also found in a separate mine shaft in Benoni last week.

  • Stiaan Du Plessis - 2014-02-26 07:19

    Well they were there illegally. Rest in peace though...

  • thuli.mbene - 2014-02-26 07:27

    Shouldn't have been there

  • Check Mate Malan - 2014-02-26 07:27

    Died searching for that vein of gold.. May they rest in peace .. I still maintain that there must some sort of syndicate operating ,else how would they sell the gold??

      Check Mate Malan - 2014-02-26 10:23

      Clinton , Thanks for the info,, Just knew there must be bigger role players.

      Andrew Terr - 2014-02-26 11:45

      A person can be murdered in that hole and nobody will ever know what happened.Authorities need to clear these thugs out and seal these entrances.Time for playing is up now.

  • Nafie Moloantoa - 2014-02-26 07:29

    I fail to understand why theseminers fail to show up, face the law and go to prison than having to die there and leave their families suffering for life.

      Gwilym John Howes - 2014-02-26 08:39

      Jeez, you really don't understand do you? You seem to think they are trapped there for fear of the law and would rather die than come out and face the law? How far removed from things ARE you? Hello!! These guys pay a lot of money in bribes to get there and so they stay there as long as they can to make money. Within reason, they can come out any time they like, and probably will not be caught and will not face the law. They CHOOSE to stay there as long as possible so they can make as much money as possible. These particular guys were unfortunate and died somehow. But they CHOSE to go there for the money, and in most cases, would have returned safely and a lot richer.

  • WILLIAM H. - 2014-02-26 07:32

    No loss!!!

  • gerasimos - 2014-02-26 07:48

    If they are illegally mining there can be no protection by the unions, no insurance payout etc. The dangers of doing this kind of illegal work are clear.

  • Nicolette Du Toit - 2014-02-26 08:06

    Yes they were doing it illegally, BUT they were not robbing innocent people, they were not killing, they were working very hard in very bad conditions to try make a meagre living for their families.

      Mc Apple - 2014-02-26 08:14

      You know they do form "gangs" and they do kill each other and of course the normal crimes that they bring. Over and above this this mining supports the underworld. Crime, weapons, drugs, prostitution and all the other niceties people like the Nigerians bring. Still think they are innocent?

      Mc Apple - 2014-02-26 09:56

      You are misinformed Mr. Holland.

      Gwilym John Howes - 2014-03-02 15:27

      How do you figure they are not robbing anyone? that mine was developed at great cost by a company that discovered the deposit at great cost, and acquired the mining license legally, and then paid tax into the fiscus at a high rate for years. This is THEIR mine! To mine it illegally is definitely stealing from them. And what about the tax the illegals do not pay? That is a crime too. So the next time you leave your car parked, and forget the keys in it, perhaps some other idiot will say: 'Oh, they were not hurting anyone - it was just standing there...'.

  • Nthokolose Puleng Marope - 2014-02-26 08:10

    Check their nationality, you'll find that most are foreigners especially from Lesotho. The question is why can't they do this in their countries?

      God-frey Mokgonyana - 2014-02-26 08:22

      A moya ya bona e robale ka kagiso.

      Nthokolose Puleng Marope - 2014-02-26 08:31

      Nooo mr Mokgonyana e moya ga e robale ka kagiso, we've got enough criminals of our own and corrupt officials, now foreigners adding to our unstable economy. Nix.

      Charles Komane - 2014-02-26 08:45

      I agree with u Puleng. foreigners are disruption to south africa.

      King Kano - 2014-02-26 10:25

      yes,but not all,there are a lot of locals who are in the trade as well some become bosses underground because its their country...dont be an armchair ctriti,get out and talk to the guyz..

  • Steve Maynard - 2014-02-26 08:19

    "Illegal mining incidence"? Should read "incidents".

      Alan Kennedy - 2014-02-26 13:36

      Steve, at least they got it half right - they didn't say "Incidences" :)

  • King Kano - 2014-02-26 08:59

    sympayhies to the families,these guys work hard for their families,but also contribute to the SA economy,the money that they get after selling their dust buys groceries,medicines,electronic appliances and transport for their families,bussinesses thrive thru their spending,its so hurtful when people sits on their sofas and critisise as if its nice to be underground especially illegally....

      King Kano - 2014-02-26 10:21

      @Martin.. i agree with you 100%,i have a small 2007-2009 biznis was good,the miners bought groceries from my shop and i had 5 employees at the time,now after they were crashed by joint operations of soldiers and police local biznisses slumped big time,now i offloaded three of my staff,then what happens to unemployment?big bizniss is sitting on billions of rands,we are told,but are they creating employment?i am not encouraging illegal mining though,but it makes a difference in many peoples lives unlike those who doing drugs...

  • john.benet.14 - 2014-02-26 09:25

    RIP they were making a living out of leftovers no one wanted. Yes it was theft but from abandoned landlords

  • Donald Mc Dougall - 2014-02-26 10:10

    that is eight to many deaths, compared to the deaths in the main mainstream mining this is a huge number, if you consider there are hundreds of thousands of miners there.

      thuli.mbene - 2014-02-26 10:36

      You think it might have something to due with circumventing all health and safety procedures to do a bit of thieving?

  • Martin Bekker - 2014-02-26 12:53

    save my tax,,throw the bodies back down the shaft,, you going to seal them up on the 3rd of March anyhow,,,

  • John Stoltz - 2014-02-26 13:59

    It would not surprise me if there are some very prominent South African big wigs running the illegal mining activities. The families of these dead miners should sue the S A Gov because they should have kept them outside our borders !

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