Rescuers race to save illegal miner

2012-09-24 14:49

Johannesburg - Johannesburg emergency services have resumed the search for an illegal miner who was trapped in an old mine shaft in Durban Deep, Roodepoort, on Monday.

"Operations resumed at 10:00 on Monday morning," said emergency services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi.

"We actually had to come up with another way to move, so we will see how far we can go in terms of rescuing the illegal miner," he said.

He and four other illegal miners entered the mine, near Dobsonville, through an unused shaft that had been cordoned off. He was trapped on Thursday. The others got to the surface.

Rescue workers covered a distance of 3km underground, but suspended the search on Friday, after 16 hours, because he area they were working in was getting smaller and more unsafe.

At the time, Mulaudzi said the area was dangerous because of falling rock.

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-09-24 15:04


      oscar.pretorius.52 - 2012-09-24 15:24

      Why does it always have to be about race? I also want to ask why? Because by sending rescuers down there we putting those peoples lives at risk. And for what? A man that decided to do an illegal activity knowing full well the risks... Chances are he gets rescued and he's back down that shaft again next week

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-24 15:25

      Because despite the rampant bloodlust being expressed in a few forums lately, there are still pockets of humanity remaining. So many fail to see the irony at denouncing acts of savagery and inhumane treatment and in the same breath asking for the same to be meted out to others.

      mark.haupt.31 - 2012-09-24 15:29

      Illegal, like robbing banks, hi-jacking cars etc means you get into it, you get out of it, yourself. Think you can deal with that, Sebanza, or is the concept foreign to you?

      Gemma van der Merwe - 2012-09-24 15:50

      Who mentioned anything about race? Racist yourself, Sibenza?

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-24 16:12

      Mark ~ I also question why they're 'racing' to save the piece of filth. What a waste of time and money!

      Jaap - 2012-09-24 16:37

      Sebenza: I think you are the DEMON. MarkH did not mention race in his comment. Maybe it is because you suffer from the ever "Victim mentality" and assume or know what the race of the illegal miner is? This so called illegal miners and the likes of you only has a problem with safety when other people are in charge and can be blamed for your stupidity and unconscious incompetency.

      simphiwe.buthelezi.71 - 2012-09-24 17:05

      Well, you forget one thing, whether presumed guilty or not, humanity values human life. That forms the basis of any rescue effort. Just like doctors, u cannot deny a patient help because u think is guilty. Take your emotions, frustrations, prejudice and greed out of this then a caring human being will emerge from u, no matter your age,colour etc.

      hermann.hanekom - 2012-09-24 17:26

      @sebenzA ... Who cares, they are illegal and should be left to die - smother or crushed - why risk the lives of honest people and I do not care whether they are white, black, pink or blue, they are illegal.

      Quenton Crafford - 2013-11-25 14:46

      Leave him down there #nosympathy

  • fishycraig - 2012-09-24 15:11

    I have an idea. We throw a long rope down, attach it to a pully, hook up ol' Juju as a counterweight to the one end and pull up the miner with the other end.

      morgaenart.farto - 2012-09-24 15:25

      Rather just toss Juliass down the mineshaft to join his comrade and let them both rot.

  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-09-24 15:13

    Don't bother, he was brave enough to risk his life for illegal mining. He must find a way out. Risking rescue workers life for him ???

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-09-24 16:30

      Extract him and send him to Marikana, he is hard worker he will teach them a thing or two. And besides, he won't demand 22%. Brave guy, indeed!

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-24 15:16

    Stop wasting time,money and overtime,to get these idiots out! They knew the risks!!!!!

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-09-24 17:43

      Wondering who is going to pay for this rescue, when a legal person is in an accident, you quickly get an account for services rendered

  • KevinHaycocks - 2012-09-24 15:23

    Pour in concrete......silly arse!

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-09-24 15:33

    You should all be ashamed of yourselves. What if you fell down an uncovered mine shaft (and there are plenty)? This man was trying to earn a living without robbing anyone

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-24 15:40


      Gemma van der Merwe - 2012-09-24 15:46

      What part of illegal do you not understand? It is as against the law as robbery. Wrong is wrong!

      KevinHaycocks - 2012-09-24 15:57

      Haha he was stealing Judith..........the same as liberating your DVD player from your lounge.

      Jack - 2012-09-24 16:03

      He is robbing the man who owns the mineral rights. Can he come do some illegal mining in your back garden?? ha,ha

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-24 16:14

      @Judith ~ He should try earning a living the legal way. Capisch?

      FinalJustice - 2012-09-24 16:17

      Hallo, my name is Final, I am an illegal immigrant and I would like to go and rob a bank. Can you please send some reinforcements and emergency vehicles in case someone gets caught in the crossfire. I understand that in SA it is my constitutional right as a self declared criminal to have protection against the risk of being caught and prosecuted. Thank you.

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-09-24 16:22

      Trying to earn a living, Judith, is one thing mining illegally under dangerous conditions is stupid and delusional. He/she should have asked himself/herself why mining in that part is stopped or suspended.

      Jaap - 2012-09-24 16:45

      Siestog,shame, fooitog, f@gg$t

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-24 17:20

      Whilst I agree with some of the sentiments expressed here, willingly and knowingly going into a dangerous situation does not automatically disqualify one from being rescued. Two wrongs don't make a right. If that were true then we must object to any rescue attempts of the countless o/seas tourists that go leaping about ill-equipped on our 'hills' because back home they have 'real' mountains. People do things that defy logic every day, we cannot discriminate just because they didn't/cannot think

  • mphela.kelatu - 2012-09-24 15:35

    let the muggets do their job mr mulaudzi pls....

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-09-24 16:15

    Why don't they let his three friends go and find him?

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-09-24 16:16

    Well done, lads. 3 km underground is no mean feat

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-09-24 17:27

    @simpiwhe ... they are not medical cases they are criminals.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-09-24 17:49

    Once again illegals costing the tax payer damn we need to wake up.

  • eugene.muller.7 - 2012-09-24 18:20

    Save the criminals? they have emergency backup and not paying taxes. Wtf for?

  • henry.kruger.520 - 2012-09-24 20:39

    Why spend money on some dude who shouldn't have been there in first place? Lets spend that on some kids in need as opposed to an a-hole who risks his own life

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