- G and P mine collapses
- Nine miners rescued
- At least 20 trapped
At least nine illegal miners are feared dead after a shaft collapsed at Globe and Phoenix (G and P) mine on Wednesday.
The mine is said to be a closed mine that had been idle for years.
Illegal miners were reportedly forcing their way into the mine despite it being being closed.
Twenty-one illegal miners are said to be trapped underground.
Sources revealed that recent heavy rains also contributed to the mine’s collapse.
Kwekwe is said to be infested with illegal gold-panners which resulted in residents living in fear amid gold-mining mishaps.
Police investigations are still underway.
The city reportedly has several tunnels beneath forming a network with those from Gaika mine.
In February 2018, a few kilometres away from the G and P compound, a miner was ‘swallowed’ to death on his way to work when a mine collapsed.
In February 2019, 70 miners were trapped after Cricket mine in Battlefields collapsed.
The stream where miners are trapped is a German shaft found on the Western edge of Kwekwe, 100 metres from the Central Business District.