Harare – At least six people are feared dead after mine owners filled in two mine shafts at a Zimbabwe gold mine to prevent illegal mining.
They are believed to have been buried in a mine near Chegutu, 125 km south west of Harare in Zimbabwe last Friday, according to the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, (ZBC).
It said the owners of what they called Pixton mine did not realise that the six illegal miners were still underground in the shafts when they ordered them to be filled in with rocks and soil.
Another illegal miner, Peter Mawoko, told the ZBC News that he left three people underground just before the filling in of the shafts began.
He said he has not seen his colleagues since then. Other panners say three other illegal miners are also feared trapped in the second shaft as they are also missing.