Another illegal Zimbabwean miner dies in Welkom

Another illegal Zimbabwean miner dies in Welkom

POLICE have recovered the body of another illegal Zimbabwean miner from a mine in Welkom and the South African Police Service (SAPS) is appealing to the relatives of the deceased to come forward.

The bodies of the miners, who are commonly referred to as zamas zamas were recovered by the police, after being found underground by Eland mine employees on 19 September 2016.

Captain Stephen Thakeng said two bodies were found with the names Chengarai Madhuka and Paballo Khojane on them. The third body remains unidentified.

“The bodies are still lying at the Welkom Government Mortuary. No one has come forward to claim and identify the bodies,” said Thakeng. It is thought the named deceased are from Zimbabwe and Lesotho. About 70 illegal miners mostly Zimbabweans were arrested in August this year at Welkom, while the death of three illegal Zimbabwean miners the following month, caused a public outcry and an appeal to the government to decriminalise the practise.

Anyone who knows the people’s are being asked to contact Detective Constable Von Sefole of Welkom Detective Services or visit him at the offices of the Detectives in Jan Hofmeyer road. – ANA additional reporting Patience Rusere