Four die in mine col­lapse

The Manica Post - - Local News - Lib­erty Dube Post Cor­re­spon­dent

FOUR peo­ple - two of them il­le­gal gold pan­ners - were killed on New Year’s Eve af­ter mine shafts col­lapsed in two sep­a­rate in­ci­dents in Pen­ha­longa. Po­lice con­firmed the cases.

On the first in­ci­dent that hap­pened at Al­pha­ton Gold mine claim in Sisa farm, 24-year old Shabia Kaura and Glad­man Mtisi (28) who worked at the farm en­tered into a 70-me­tre deep gold mine at around 6am. They spent more than 30 min­utes in the shaft be­fore other work­ers at the farm sensed dan­ger and fol­lowed to check on them.

When they reached the shaft, the work­ers dis­cov­ered that their col­leagues had since died and they alerted po­lice who at­tended the scene. In a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent which hap­pened on the same day, two il­le­gal gold min­ers - Enock Nezan­donyi (36) and Pan­ganayi White (34) - were killed af­ter a mine shaft they were in col­lapsed in Premier South Pen­ha­longa.

Evans Chi­famba alerted peo­ple who tried in vain to res­cue the de­ceased. Po­lice at­tended the scene. Man­i­ca­land pro­vin­cial po­lice spokesper­son, In­spec­tor Tavhir­ingwa Kako­hwa urged peo­ple to shun il­le­gal min­ing.

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