The last of dead miners comes home

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Maseru - The last of 14 illegal Basotho miners massacred in Benoni, South Africa two weeks ago, is expected home this Friday.

The 14 will be afforded a mass funeral at Leralleng in the Rothe area on Saturday.

Principal Secretary of Local Government and Chieftainship Affairs 'Mapitso Panyane said the deceased remained behind while other bodies were brought home earlier this week due to lack identity documents and next of kin.

The next of kin have however been found and are on their way to Benoni to bring him home. It is expected he would be in the country in time to be part of the mass funeral on Saturday.

The government gesture to assist the bereaved families has already secured a TLB machine to assist in the digging of the graves for families to bury their loved ones.

"We therefore appeal to the villagers not to expect a normal funeral service since the bodies of the deceased are not in a good condition and will be taken straight to the graveyards from the mortuary," Panyane pleaded adding that the village men and chiefs should cooperate with the bereaved families to ensure that the deceased are buried in a dignified manner.

According to the area Chieftainess 'Mamoabi Khalaki, the villagers have argued for and against the deceased being given a mass funeral.

A total of 14 Basotho illegal miners were found dead in Benoni in Johannesburg and it is believed that they were killed by other Lesotho nationals in a fight over abandoned mine sites.

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