Africa

  • South African authorities said 22 gold miners who came out of a disused and temporarily blocked shaft, near Johannesburg over the last two days have been arrested and will be charged with illegal mining, Feb. 17, 2014.
  • Suspected illegal miners await treatment after emerging from an abandoned gold shaft in Benoni, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Feb. 17, 2014. 
  • A suspected illegal miner talks to emergency personnel after emerging from an abandoned gold shaft in Benoni, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Feb. 17, 2014. 
  • A suspected illegal miner climbs out of a ventilation shaft used to access an abandoned gold shaft in Benoni, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Feb. 17, 2014. 
  • South African rescuers started bringing to the surface at least 30 illegal miners who had been trapped by debris in the abandoned gold shaft near Johannesburg, South Africa, Feb. 16, 2014.

  • A suspected illegal miner is led away after being rescued from an abandoned gold shaft in Benoni, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Feb. 16, 2014.
  • Rescue officials use a crane to remove debris as they work to rescue trapped suspected illegal miners from an abandoned gold shaft in Benoni, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Feb. 16, 2014.
  • A trapped illegal miner at a disused gold mine shaft is bought to the surface, near, Benoni, South Africa, Feb. 16, 2014.
  • A suspected illegal miner talks to officials after being rescued from an abandoned gold shaft in Benoni, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Feb. 16, 2014.

Illegal Miners Refuse Rescue

Published February 16, 2014

An unknown number of illegal miners are refusing to be rescued from a sealed-off abandoned mine near Johannesburg because they fear arrest, South African authorities said Monday.


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