Illegal miners in court today

They were arrested on Friday at Harmony Mine, where two other illegal miners were found dead.

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JOHANNESBURG - Twenty two illegal miners are expected to appear in the Welkom Magistrates Court today.

They were arrested on Friday at Harmony Mine, where two other illegal miners were found dead.

Authorities say they died from gas inhalation and three others have been hospitalised.

The police's Stephen Thakeng says: "We haven't been able to get hold of the next of kin so our investigators will make contact with them. The 22 illegal miners are facing charges of attempted theft of gold bearing material, trespassing and illegal immigration."