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Illegal miners warned

It's believed up to 300 men could still be trapped underground in order to avoid arrest.

A rescue worker stands next to the illegal mine shaft where eleven miners were rescued after being trapped underground for almost a day on 16 February 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - It's still not clear if more illegal miners will resurface from the abandoned Gold One Kleinfontein Mine in Benoni, authorities said on Monday.

Emergency services officials say they have managed to convince 11 men to leave the mine on Monday, adding to the 11 others rescued on Sunday.

It's believed up to 300 men could be stuck underground in the East Rand mine.

According to officials, a rival group may have barricaded the miners in on Saturday while trying to rob them of their gold.

Authorities have sent communication letting the illegal miners know that the hole will be sealed on 3 March.

A makeshift ladder has been left hanging from above the ground for the miners to hoist themselves to safety.

It's thought many of the illegal miners would rather stay underground as to not face arrest.

All 22 people that returned to the surface were arrested and charged with illegal mining.

The suspects will appear in a Benoni court on Tuesday.

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