Two more lifeless bodies of zama-zamas retrieved

Xikukwani and Mavalani village closed mine. Image supplied/ Limpopo SAPS.

By Angie Nkuna

Giyani- The South African Police Service in Giyani are investigating the death of two illegal miners who died during an incident which occurred at an old unused mine between Xikukwani and Mavalani villages in the outskirts of Giyani.

It is alleged that on Saturday during the day, Police received reports that there are people who have been trapped inside the mine, they then reacted swiftly and the rescue operation ensued composed of the Police and the local community.

Meanwhile, Giyani police have opened an inquest docket, after an alleged illegal miner died in an incident which occurred on last Tuesday night at one of the unused mine near Mapuve village outside Giyani town.

It is alleged that the deceased was busy mining with others, when a rock fell on his head, killing him instantly.

Police says his accomplices managed to remove his lifeless body from the shaft and placed him alongside the road towards Nhlaniki village. An investigation into why this was done is still unfolding.

“During the operation, victims bodies were removed, and the two were declared dead on the scene, and one was still alive, and was taken to the hospital for further medical observations.

“An inquest docket is opened for further Police investigations.

“The process of identifying one of the two deceased is still underway, and the second one was positively identified as Patson Mbhiza (33) from Mavalani Village outside Giyani.

“The suspect who is in his 30s was arrested for illegal mining and he will appear before the Giyani Magistrate Court soon.

“The Police investigations are still continuing”, says Limpopo police spokesperson, Moatshe Ngoepe.