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ZIMBABWEANS are feared to be among the people who died in a blast that happened at a disused mine in South Africa where 29 bodies have been retrieved while 11 people were rescued.

The accident is suspected to have occurred on Thursday last week at Harmony Gold mine shaft in Welkom, Free State, but was discovered earlier this week.

Zimbabwe Consul-General in South Africa Mr Batiraishe Mukonoweshuro said the suspected illegal miners are said to have forced open the defunct mine using explosives. After several blasts the mine collapsed on them.

He said South African officials have started a rescue mission which has seen several bodies being removed.

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  • A MAN died while his brother is admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a Bulawayo hospital after a co-worker axed them while they slept.

    The trio, who are miners, are reported to have been fighting over diesel they had allegedly stolen from their employer at Nkenyane area along the Bulawayo-Nkayi Road.

    Decent Magiya (38) allegedly crept into a hut where Admire Sibanda (22) and his unnamed brother were sleeping on Tuesday night and carried out the horrific attack.

    Sibanda died on the spot while his brother was rushed to the United Bulawayo Hospitals where he was admitted in the ICU.

    A Chronicle news crew visited the area yesterday and villagers said they were shocked by the brutal attack.

    Mr Dumisani Sibanda said the trio had just moved to the area as mine workers and community members knew little about them.

  • - chronicle
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