Several rescued illegal miners to appear in court

Twenty-two of the 25 people rescued from an abandoned mine in Benoni on the East Rand will appear in court on Wednesday, the Hawks said.

Captain Paul Ramaloko said 11 miners, who were meant to appear in the Benoni Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, would now appear with 11 others on Wednesday, facing charges of illegal mining.

He could not say why the court appearance on Tuesday was postponed.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Nathi Mncube said earlier the accused were not brought to court, but also did not provide a reason.

In total, 25 people had emerged from the abandoned mine, Ekurhuleni emergency services spokesperson David Tshabalala said on Tuesday. It was unclear how many people remained underground.

Abandoning the mission
The miners were found on Sunday when Ekurhuleni Metro police on patrol heard screaming from the abandoned mine. Paramedics initially said there were 200 illegal miners trapped in the mine.

Rescue workers abandoned the mission that same night after the remaining men refused to be brought to the surface for fear of being arrested. Food and water was sent down to them. – Sapa

We make it make sense

If this story helped you navigate your world, subscribe to the M&G today for just R30 for the first three months

Subscribers get access to all our best journalism, subscriber-only newsletters, events and a weekly cryptic crossword.”

Sapa
Guest Author

Related stories

WELCOME TO YOUR M&G

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

Advertising

Latest stories

Seriti Mine accused of exhuming graves without consent of families

Families of the dead said they did not agree to the exhumations and now want the remains returned so that they can be reburied

How the digital age has changed the existence of big...

The evolution of technology has changed how music is produced, removing the need to have a contract with a record label to do it. With more musicians choosing to be independent, are big recording companies becoming obsolete?

It is time to topple the false gods of capitalism

The market is the pillar of capitalist ideology, yet it is just another human institution invented and reinvented periodically across human history

Noxy Goyi’s story of survival is one of a woman’s...

The breadwinner lost her job and, desperate not to sit at home, she started selling food on the street on a table made of bread crates. Now she employs two people
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…
×