JOHANNESBURG Feb 26 Five illegal miners have
been found dead in an abandoned shaft near Johannesburg,
emergency services said on Wednesday, highlighting the dangers
of scavenging for bullion beneath Africa's financial centre.
Two illegal migrants from Zimbabwe died earlier this month
in another disused gold mine on the outskirts of Johannesburg.
Emergency services spokesman Robert Mulaudzi said the five
bodies were brought to surface on Tuesday night and were
confirmed dead at the scene. The bodies were recovered in an old
shaft in Roodepoort, just west of Johannesburg.
"We can't confirm the cause of death yet, it could have been
a number of things," said Mulaudzi.
Driven by desperation and poverty in a country with an
unemployment rate of around 25 percent, illegal miners chance
their luck in the labyrinth of some of the world's oldest and
deepest gold mines, often armed with little more than a torch
(Reporting by Zandi Shabalala; Editing by Ed Stoddard and Ruth