Four 'shot dead' at Mandela gold mine

South African police called off a search after three hours at an abandoned gold mine owned by members of the Zuma and Mandela families yesterday, a day after finding four bodies in the shaft.

A report in The Sowetan newspaper said that four men mining illegally in the shaft were shot dead on Monday by mine guards. The mine, east of Johannesburg, is owned by President Jacob Zuma's nephew Khulubuse Zuma and Nelson Mandela's grandson Zondwa Mandela.

Their company is embroiled in a pay dispute with mineworkers inherited from several mines they bought from an insolvent firm.