On Friday, rescue specialists have managed to retrieve the bodies of 13 miners trapped at Gloria Coal Mine in Mpumalanga. The operation that started right after the gas exploded in the shaft three weeks ago, has already resulted in a total of eighteen bodies brought to the surface.
Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi confirmed the number but said the rescue team has since had to halt their work as the ventilation fans broke down leading to the tunnels being densely smoked.
In order to repair the shaft equipment and solve the issue, the technicians from Johannesburg has been summoned.
There were 22 thieves stealing cables inside Gloria mine when the shaft collapsed. Five bodies were retrieved hours after the incident and a sixth man was brought to the surface alive. Later he was taken to the hospital for treatment, where he was later discharged.