Goromonzi miner dies as shaft collapses

A Goromonzi miner died recently after an underground shaft at a gold mine in which he and two other employees were working collapsed on them.

His workmates survived with minor injuries.

Inspector Norbert Muzondo, the t East police provincial spokesperson, confirmed the incident and said the now deceased Joshua Mapfumo, aged 34, was employed by Rakesh Patel at Geagezle mine.

The survivors were identified as Farai Chambatswa, 24 and Patson Katsoka, 33.

“The trio was working in a 35-metre deep underground mine shaft at a registered mine when the deceased went further down for about three metres where he was removing hanging debris,” Muzondo said.

“During the process the debris fell and trapped him underneath and he died instantly,” he said.

A rescue team was dispatched from Acturus mine and they managed to retrieve Mapfumo.

Police from Goromonzi later transferred the body to Marondera hospital where a post mortem was carried.

Muzondo said police investigations into the accident were continuing.

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