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Johannesburg - The 33 illegal miners arrested at the Sibanye gold mine on the West Rand were formally charged on Thursday, the Hawks said.
Captain Paul Ramaloko said the men faced eight charges each.
The charges include theft, possession of dangerous weapons and suspected stolen property, trespassing, illegal mining, violating the health and safety act as well as the environmental management act.
They were caught underground at the mine last Wednesday.
“They were found with mining equipment, 50kg of gold bearing material and a substantial amount of cash,” he said.
The men were expected to appear in the Westonaria Magistrate's Court on Friday. - Sapa