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6 dead at Gloria coal mine explosion in South Africa

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Staff Writer | February 11, 2019
Gloria coal mine
Africa   Six people died after trespassing

South African rescuers said that they had been forced to halt an operation to rescue about 20 people trapped in a disused mine, blaming disruption from workers who had not been paid.

Six people died after trespassing into the Gloria coal mine near the town of Middelburg in the eastern province of Mpumalanga.

The group went underground between Sunday and Wednesday to allegedly steal copper cables in the mine, which had been closed for several months.

Mike Elliot, who represents the administrators of the mine, told local media "We have been prevented from continuing with the recovery operations by a disgruntled group of people who have not been paid their salaries. They refuse to allow us to continue with the recovery operations and that includes repairing the power to the mine, restoring the power to the fans so that we can put fresh air underground."

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