Illegal mining: Two bodies found in Gravelotte Mine

It is believed the men died after a shaft caved in on Sunday.

It is believed the men died after a shaft caved in on Sunday. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Paramedics say the Department of Mineral Resources has warned them not to try and recover the body of an illegal miner trapped in Benoni's Gravelotte Mine because it's too dangerous.

The bodies of two illegal miners were discovered yesterday.

Only one was recovered, the second man remains underground.

It's believed the men died after a shaft caved in on Sunday.

Ekurhuleni emergency services spokesperson Rogers Mamaila says they have been told it's too dangerous to go underground.

"The Department of Mineral Resources has ascertained that it would be too dangerous for us to attempt any rescue or recovery."

The mine is situated around two kilometres from the abandoned Gold One Kleinfontein Mine where 25 illegal miners have been brought to the surface since Sunday.

The men have since been arrested and charged with illegal mining.

The men were discovered on Sunday when Ekurhuleni metro police were patrolling the area and heard screaming from the abandoned mine.

It is speculated that more than 300 miners are still in the shaft, with many refusing to surface because they fear being arrested.

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