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Artisanal Miner’s Body Abandoned In Mine Shaft

20 August 2021

The body of an artisanal miner was abandoned in a mine shaft in Shurugwi on 10 August after authorities deemed the mine unstable and dangerous to make further attempts to retrieve it.

David Ncube (21) of Makusha location in Shurugwi was crushed by a boulder and his body fell further down the pit as rescuers pulled it from under the boulder.

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Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources officials were called to assist but they recommended that the rescue operation be abandoned because Mahure Mine had become unstable and several lives were lost there.

Ncube's mother, Tamelani Masuka who is visually impaired, was devastated by the incident.

She told Masvingo Mirror that her son was the family breadwinner as he looked after the whole family including his nine-year-old sister.

Ncube's father Thomas Ncube said his son left home on Saturday morning, as usual, going to the mine and he never returned. He said:

He always went to the mine at around 3 am and came back at around 10 am. This Mahure Mine was abandoned by the owner last year due to heavy rains.

When I realised that he had not returned home, I gathered people from the community and went to the mine where we met his friend and told him the issue.

The friend showed us the place where the deceased used to mine and we started looking for him.

We found him trapped by a big boulder but the body slipped and dropped further down into the water when we pushed the stone away.

Midlands police spokesperson Emmanuel Mahoko told Masvingo Mirror he was yet to get information on the incident.

More: Masvingo Mirror