Illegal miners rescued from JHB shaft

Johannesburg - About 10 illegal miners were rescued from an illegal mine in Florida, on the West Rand, Gauteng police said on Tuesday.

“One of them was injured,” spokeswoman Colonel Noxolo Kweza said.

File photo: Sharon Seretlo. Credit: Independent Newspapers

Search and rescue operations were continuing and it was expected that more illegal miners could be found.

Earlier, a 33-year-old man was arrested in the area for illegal mining and trespassing.

“Florida SAPS responded to a call from a local resident about a group of people with dangerous weapons. We arrested a 33-year-old man who was found at the scene,” Kweza said.

The man was found in the veld between Hamberg and Main Reef roads, believed to be an illegal mining ground. Kweza said the man indicated to officers that he was working underground. -Sapa