Eight suspected illegal miners found dead near Burgersfort

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Eight suspected illegal miners w Eight suspected illegal miners found dead near Burgersfort ere found dead in Driekop outside Burgersfort in South Africa on Saturday night.

It was gathered that the men were digging for chrome at Ga-Maroga village, when they were trapped underground from Friday.

“One South African, three Mozambicans and four Zimbabweans were allegedly busy with illegal mining activities when the water from heavy rains in the area, apparently pushed the soil and blocked the only point they were using for entry and exit. They then apparently suffocated,” Limpopo police spokesperson, Brig Motlafela Mojapelo said.

He said the police were called on Saturday night and on arrival they found community members had dug a hole and gained access to the miners. Some had started retrieving the bodies.

Limpopo police commissioner Lt-Gen Thembi Hadebe warned community members to stop engaging in illegal mining activities as this was unsafe and against the law.

“We have established a team to deal with illegal mining activities around the province, especially in the areas along the R37 road in Sekhukhune District and many illegal miners have been arrested and mining equipment confiscated,” Hadebe stated.