The Lesotho Ministry of Foreign Affairs is appealing to anyone who may know the identities of the 14 men suspected to be illegal miners, who were found dead in Benoni to come forward.

The Lesotho High Commission in South Africa suspects that they may be Lesotho nationals. It is an open secret that many illegal miners or zama zamas are from Lesotho.

So the Lesotho High Commission has tried to confirm if any of the 14 men found dead near a railway line in Benoni are from the mountain kingdom, but four days later there are still no clues.

The Ministry has released a statement, in which it says should the men be identified to be Basotho, their bodies will be repatriated.
The challenge is that many families would not know that their relatives are illegal miners, or where they are based. Meanwhile the bodies remain in Springs.

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– By Nthakoana Ngatane