THE five illegal miners who were crushed to death by a rock have been identified.The five men were mining inside an old mine shaft near Angelo squatter camp in Boksburg when they were killed last Saturday.Their families apparently chose not to inform the police. They each donated R4 000 for fellow illegal miners to retrieve the bodies. The dead men were brought to the surface on Saturday, a week after they died.As part of the plan, the bodies were dumped outside the shaft so they could be seen by cops and taken to the state mortuary.“It was part of the plan to dump the bodies there as we wouldn’t be able to get them out of the country without the help of the authorities,” said a zama zama.But the cops had no clue how the bodies got there.Captain Kay Makhubele believes the illegal miners were killed somewhere else and their bodies dumped outside the shaft.Four of the dead illegal miners are from Zimbabwe and one is from the Eastern Cape.They are Gillian Ndlovu, Thami Ndlovu, Abel Thwala, Themba Ncube and Thami Ncube. Peggy Ncube said her relatives were still in shock.“They went underground because there are no jobs available. They just wanted to make a living,” she said. “Two families have already taken their loved ones to Zimbabwe for burial, while three are waiting for the post mortem to be done.”
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