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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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dave1marine February 17 2014 at 8:31 AM

Must be TOUGH jails in S.A. for people to choose starvation and suffication over surrender to authorities.

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leightonsmith1 February 17 2014 at 2:02 PM

If they want to stay ,why not leave them there?

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uh1huey72 February 17 2014 at 9:29 AM

Gee so you are saying a laborer should make the same as the CEO of DeBeers diamond mines ??????

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andersonda54 February 16 2014 at 6:01 PM

i dont no exactly the law in their country, but didnt they say this mine was abandoned,so who has authority over it. and lady gator i agree 100% with you

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IVAN andersonda54 February 16 2014 at 7:18 PM

"Abandoned" does not denote no owners... A Chinese company now owns the mine. The mine was shut down and sealed up to prevent access to the mine, but these "miners" tunneled around the plugged shafts. Now the "miners" are affraid to come out for fear of being arrested for their illegal activities. Perhaps the Chinese company should reopen the mine, and higher these men to do the work for their usual low wages.

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wlh1923 andersonda54 February 16 2014 at 8:30 PM

Somebody owns the mine. Its not theirs. They are trespassing AND STEALING. Any other questions?

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casacine February 17 2014 at 10:29 AM

lets see, eat bread and water or dirt.

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Ghetto Cat February 17 2014 at 3:25 AM

It's the age of suffering. Salvation in independence!

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fslunk February 16 2014 at 11:52 PM

These are ostensibly abandoned mines but obviously, a lot of people still feel there's wealth in them.
Unfortunately, no ligit outfit wants the responsibility of either securing them or working them. There has to be deeds of ownership. Where are the owners?

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wwelbes fslunk February 17 2014 at 3:16 AM

They are closed mines that with current metal prices are unprofitable to currently work. They are secured and there are security staff but they still break in and work the miles of tunnels.

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ajp0007 February 17 2014 at 11:56 AM

how do they deal with ignorance ?

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fcool February 16 2014 at 8:36 PM

They will come out eventually. Not helping their families out stuck in a hole. Hunger has a way of motivating you, especially when there is a way out and food on the other end.

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fred February 16 2014 at 8:49 PM

Blast Bieber or Aguelara songs at 'em- they'll come out faster than rats jumping off a sinking ship.

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Mike Calhoun fred February 16 2014 at 10:44 PM

Ship? A illness riden cruse line?

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