Two zama zamas surface in Langlaagte

2016-09-13 12:43
Two informal miners have surfaced from the George Harrison Park in Langlaagte. (News24)

Two informal miners have surfaced from the George Harrison Park in Langlaagte. (News24)

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Johannesburg - Two zama zama miners surfaced from the disused mine shaft in Langlaagte, Johannesburg on Tuesday morning.

The two illegal miners looked confused and overwhelmed when journalists approached them, as they made their way up the stairs from the shaft.

They told reporters they had been trapped underground for two weeks. They said many people were still in the mine.

“We heard a lot of people underground. We were scared to come out yesterday, because we heard a lot of noises,” one of the men said.

They said they had been in a different tunnel to the one other miners were in. Soon after speaking to the media, the men disappeared into the bushes. Police were not on the scene.

As they left, a bystander said he had wanted to ask the men about his brother, who was still trapped.

The rescue operation was suspended in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

On Monday night, search teams found the body of a man shortly before 21:00 and spent some time getting him to the surface.

One man who was rescued from the mine remained in a critical condition after being trapped underground for nearly a week.

On Wednesday morning last week, a group of miners went into the shaft. It was unclear how many were in this group.

On Thursday, 16 miners went down to look for them. Only eight surfaced. Another eight people went down on Saturday morning to help with the search.

Only four returned on Sunday.

Police have arrested seven miners.

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