Cape Town – The total number of suspected illegal miners’ bodies has gone up to 21 after two more bodies were discovered near where 19 bodies were discovered in Krugersdorp on Wednesday.
During an interview on Newzroom Afrika, Gauteng police spokesperson Brigadier Brenda Muridili said the two bodies were found on Thursday morning as police continue their investigation at the scene where the 19 bodies were found.
“Yes, we can confirm that this morning our search and rescue team went back, and as they were searching the scene, they discovered two more bodies which were retrieved from an open shaft,” she said.
Police suspect that the 19 bodies may have been moved from the open shaft where the two other bodies were retrieved from.
“It is the police’s suspicion that these bodies were removed from that open shaft and subsequently those two were left behind and when the police went back to the area today, they made the discovery,” said Muridili.
On Wednesday, police said in a statement that a post-mortem will determine the cause of death.
“No foul play is suspected at this stage and a post-mortem will determine the cause of death. All the necessary role players were summoned to the scene. An inquest docket has been registered for further investigation,” Muridili said.
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe