The body of the suspected illegal miner was found at the entrance to a closed mine shaft along Main Reef Road in Riverlea Ext 2 yesterday.
This after residents found a body in the same area on Saturday.
Langlaagte police spokesman Warrant Officer Gordon Billings said a total of four bodies had been found at entrances to closed mine shafts in the area this year.
“It is alleged that other illegal miners brought the body up from underground after unstable ground collapsed in the shaft,” Billings said at the scene yesterday. The police will open an inquest docket.”
Billings could not confirm whether there were more bodies underground. He said the ground was too unstable to go into the mine.
The Department of Mineral Resources had not responded to requests for comment at the time of going to print.
However, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu has warned illegal miners operating in the West Rand that the law will soon catch up with them.
Shabangu visited the area last month, following a visit in July when she said illegal mining activities would be dealt with speedily.
“Disruption operations” were consequently conducted by law enforcement agencies, and 15 illegal miners were arrested. More than 1 000 bags of sand and gold concentrate were confiscated.