The process to retrieve seven bodies at Gloria Coal mine in Middelburg, Mpumalanga is expected get under way on Monday.

A fan has been placed inside the shaft to extract the toxic gas.

Seven bodies were discovered on Thursday, bringing the death toll to twelve. The rescue and recovery team had to suspend the search due to the high levels of methane gas underground.

It’s believed illegal miners were trapped, allegedly stealing copper cables and fifteen others are still unaccounted for. Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe visited the mine on Friday.

He was disappointed at the level of security and slow process in finding an investor. The mine hasn’t paid its former employees outstanding salaries for four months.

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