The rescue effort at the Tau Lekoa mine has come to an end. The body of the fourth mineworker who had been trapped underground has been recovered.
The rescue effort that saw hundreds of employees at the Tau Lekoa mine volunteering has ended.
This comes after the body of the fourth mineworker, who had been trapped 1.3km underground, was recovered.
A total of five people had been trapped when seismic activity prompted rockfalls in the goldmine on Friday afternoon.
eNCA reports National Union for Mineworkers regional secretary Masibulele Naki had commented that the body had been difficult to retrieve.
The incident has sparked fears that the mine will be negatively affected with workers concerned that they will lose their jobs.
A fifth mineworker remains in a serious, but stable condition in hospital after being rescued shortly after the rockfall, Briefly.co.za reported.
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!