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article imageIllegal miners warned that access hole to mineshaft will be shut

By Matthew Hendricks     Feb 18, 2014 in World
Benoni - Authorities have warned illegal miners who refuse to come up out of the abandoned Gold One Kleinfontein Mine in Benoni, that the access hole will be sealed on March 3.
According to Digital Journal, more than 200 illegal miners have been trapped in the mineshaft since Saturday, refusing rescue out of fear of being arrested.
Officials say that a rival group may have barricaded the miners in on Saturday while trying to rob them of their gold.
News24.com reports that authorities have sent communication down to the miners that the access hole to the shaft will be sealed on the 3rd of March.
According to news24.com, one of the miners who surfaced on Monday went back down to talk to his colleagues when he heard the mine will be sealed.
Ewn.com reports on Monday emergency services were able to rescue another 11 of the miners, adding to the 11 already rescued on Saturday. All 22 have been arrested and will appear in court on Tuesday.
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