EMS appeals to illegal miners to halt operations

EMS appealed to illegal miners to stop venturing underground following the death of a man in Booysens.

FILE: One of the eleven trapped miners is escorted by a rescue worker after being pulled above ground having spent a night underground in an illegal mine in Benoni on 16 February 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Emergency Service officials in Johannesburg have again appealed to illegal miners to stop venturing underground, following the death of another man this time in Booysens.

The body of the 26-year-old illegal miner was pulled out from a mine-dump late last night.

He's believed to have been trapped in a trench since Saturday.

Johannesburg Emergency Services Robert Mulaudzi says they can't afford to lose many more lives.

"One life loss, is one too many. We can't afford to so many lives on a day-to-day basis while they are busy conducting this illegal activities."