FIVE more bodies of illegal miners were brought to the surface at the disused Eiland mine shaft in Welkom, Free State, at the weekend.
This brings the total of the bodies found at the shaft owned by Harmony Gold to 83.
Police spokesperson Superintendent Sam Makhele confirmed that more bodies had been found. He said the police would not go underground to search for bodies because it was too dangerous.
"We get information from those who work underground and take it from there. We then investigate and wait for DNA tests to determine the cause of death," Makhele said.
He said the six suspects arrested last week in connection with illegal mining have been released. He said one of them was a Mozambican immigrant.
Makhele said: "There was no evidence to implicate them, so they were released on Friday."
The bodies of the 83 dead, widely referred to as "abo zama-zama" in the Free State, were discovered over a period of two weeks.
Bodies have been retrieved from the Eiland mine shaft almost every day.