Bodies of 5 illegal miners found in Springs

2015-09-28 10:44

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg – The bodies of five men believed to be illegal miners were found at the Grootvlei mine in Springs on Monday morning, Ekurhuleni metro police said.

They appear to have been shot somewhere else and then brought to the side of a path, where a woman on her way to work found them shortly after 06:00, spokesperson Clifford Shongwe said.

The police’s dog unit was called in to determine if there were more bodies in the area.

Several illegal miners were killed at the mine in recent weeks.

Aurora Empowerment Systems took over the mine from the liquidated Pamodzi Gold in 2009. Its assets were stripped and 5 300 workers were left without jobs.

On June 25, High Court in Pretoria Judge Eberhard Bertelsmann ruled that fraud charges could be brought against Aurora’s directors for their reckless management of the mine.

The directors include former president Nelson Mandela’s grandson Zondwa Mandela, President Jacob Zuma’s nephew Khulubuse Zuma, and Solly and Fazel Bhana.

Bertelsmann found the directors, except Zuma, had been involved in wilful deception in the bid letters Aurora submitted to the liquidators in 2009. In these it was claimed that Aurora had enough money and experience to take over the mines.

Read more on:    johannesburg  |  crime

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


Man scores date with tennis superstar after Twitter bet

It’s a modern day Cinderella story, but one American man took ‘shoot your shot’ seriously in 2017.


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.