Saturday, 07 December 2019 20:25

Three of the four mineworkers who were trapped underground in the Tau Lekoa Mine have been found dead on Saturday.

Village Main Reef (VMR) spokesperson James Duncan said the recoveries at the Tau Lekoa mine were made at around 19:00.

"The board and management of VMR extend their deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the workers who have died. Work continues to reach the remaining trapped worker."

NUM Secretary of Health and Safety, Vuyisani Lengesi reported the recovery team believes the final miner is also deceased and are removing rocks and debris that have blocked them from bringing the fourth body to the surface.

Five workers were trapped by a rockfall following seismic activity in the mine on Friday afternoon. 

One of the workers was rescued soon afterward and was in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Duncan said they would not respond to any allegations about safety until the Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate investigated the circumstances of the accident.