20 miners executed – report

2010-08-12 1
Johannesburg – Security guards allegedly went on a killing spree at a mine owned by the nephew of President Jacob Zuma and the grandson of Nelson Mandela, the Sowetan reported.

Police on Thursday recovered four bodies from a shaft at the Aurora Grootvlei Mine three days after they were shot.

“There’s now four bodies that have been retrieved from the shaft,” Warrant Officer Jannie van Aswegen said.

The mine is co-owned by President Jacob Zuma’s nephew Khulubuse and Nelson Mandela’s grandson Zondwa.

Police, he said, found out about the shooting from the Sowetan newspaper on Thursday.

According to the newspaper security guards allegedly shot at least 20 people at the Aurora Grootvlei Mine between Springs and Benoni, and left the bodies underground on Monday.

The motive for the shooting was not yet known and no arrests had been made.

Police began retrieving the bodies from the mine shaft at 10:00 on Thursday and could not yet confirm the figure reported in the Sowetan.

Meanwhile the National Union of Mineworkers said it was shocked after reading the reports.

The union linked the incident to the mine’s failure to pay its workers, leaving them “to fend for themselves”.

The mine confirmed there had been deaths, adding the killings were of illegal miners. This followed a push by the police to flush them out, it said.

– SAPA

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