5 bodies retrieved from Gloria mine

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Tumelo Waga Dibakwane

POLICE in Blinkpan near Middelburg are investigating a case where five bodies were retrieved from the Gloria mine shaft in Blinkpan, Middelburg.

The sequence of events suggests that an unknown number of people trespassed into the mine this week.

When police went to investigate they discovered four bodies inside the mine yesterday, while today two people were retrieved from the mine. One of them died and brought the number of dead people to five. .

“The area has since been declared a crime scene and cordoned off due to the volatility of the situation. All role-players are currently at the scene, including the Mine Rescue Services. In the morning another four bodies were retrieved and, according to information from the community, there might be more people still trapped inside whether still alive or not, is unknown at this stage,’ said police.

Mine officials indicated that retrieval efforts are currently being hampered by the fact that the mineshaft is not safe and there is insufficient ventilation but,  will resume after the electricity supply to the shaft has been fixed, which currently has been discontinued as a result of excessive cable theft which the mine is experiencing.