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South Africa: Rescued miners face charges

More Than 200 South African Miners Trapped In Gold Shaft

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South African police say 11 miners who were trapped by debris in an abandoned mine shaft and later rescued face charges of illegal mining.

The South African Press Association reported Monday that the miners are in police custody after their rescue a day earlier.

Emergency workers say other miners who were working illegally at the site near Johannesburg refused to come out of the shaft because they feared arrest. Local media say the trapped miners were discovered after police patrolling in the area heard shouting beneath a mine entrance that had been blocked by a large boulder.

Penalties for illegal mining include fines and prison time in some cases. Illegal mining is common in South Africa, a major producer of gold and platinum.

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elrod.porkmore February 18 2014 at 12:51 AM

well it appears that one country knows how to enforce the laws against illegals, our leader has no guts, seeing as how he is one

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cenvalref February 18 2014 at 12:44 AM

When they go to prison they can send them to a mining camp and they can resume there mining for the the prison.

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tornekrayville February 18 2014 at 12:28 AM

Keep your eye on this America. For what China does in Africa will certainly come your way.

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jhozef February 17 2014 at 10:59 PM

How petty of these companies to imprison these dirt poor people who are only trying to survive by doing the hardest type work on the planet. When you are poor and hungry and need money to live you will do things you wouldn't have otherwise. These are abandoned mines so it's not like they are stealing. Meanwhile , these giant cooperations plunder Africa for its natural resources and take advantage of the workforce and lax labor and safety and environmental laws , make billions while the actual people of the country starve.

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yak5750 February 17 2014 at 9:21 PM

the authorities should tell them if they don't come out theu'll be sealed in permanently (just kidding) . drop a few small pebbles down the hole to scare them. then do it. some people die poor. they'll die rich.

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Whomever February 17 2014 at 9:52 PM

Why kid? I think that's a viable way of getting them out.

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ARNIE R February 17 2014 at 8:39 PM

So, leave 'em alone and let nature takes its course.........

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dougw252 February 17 2014 at 7:15 PM

Logic in this case does not prevail does it ????

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Lee's Sun February 17 2014 at 6:52 PM

how the hell can they be 'stealing' what belongs to them anyway?! just looking for a reason to talk bad a bout people so you can make them look bad, and take the focus off of your own evil selves!

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usci1 February 17 2014 at 6:50 PM

People prefering to work in an "abandoned mine" to feed themselves is a crime? Being arrested?
Guess Mandella's message hasn't really sunk into the psyche of the residents in South Africa.
What people sow, they reap.

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nbarker52 February 17 2014 at 6:41 PM

Hey, give them a break. At least they are willing to do some hard work for what they steal. Unlike those in the US that can sit on their collective butts and steal.

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