The bodies of twenty unidentified men believed to be Zama-Zamas were found wrapped in white plastic bags in Orkney, police said. 


Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone, police spokesperson said the deceased men were found at two different locations in Orkney.

“Twenty unidentified male bodies were – on Tuesday and Wednesday- found at two various locations in Orkney outside Klerksdorp.”

All the deceased are suspected to be illegal miners commonly known as “Zama-Zamas” operating in obsolete shafts in Orkney and Stilfontein.

Mokgwabone said the first five decomposed bodies were found at approximately 19:00 on Tuesday, outside an old and unused mine shaft ventilation in Lawrence Park, Orkney.

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“On Wednesday 14 more decomposed bodies were found along Ariston Road near the railway line in Orkney.” 

According to Mokgwabone that while police were busy on the scene on Wednesday they received information of another body found near the unused mine shaft ventilation in Lawrence Park. 

“While still processing the scene, the police received information that another body was discovered where the initial five bodies were found, thus bringing a total number to 20. “

 He added that furthermore, the deceased all suffered severe burns. 

“As part of investigations, post-mortems will be conducted to determine a cause of death for these men whose bodies were found wrapped in white plastic bags.” 

Mokgwabone said the investigation into the matter continues. 

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“It includes the possibility of linking the bodies found with the video that was circulated on social media platforms wherein a man calling himself “Mafifi” was seen pleading for assistance following an apparent smoke inhalation occurrence at shaft number six.” 

The police request anyone who may have information regarding the incident to call Colonel Gaanakgomo at 082 568 5975 or South African Police Service (SAPS) Crime Stop number: 08600 10111. Anonymous tip-offs can also be communicated via My SAPS App. The information will be treated with strictest confidentiality.


Presh JM Reporter

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