Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
THIRTY one remaining bodies of illegal miners need to be identified by tomorrow or they will be given a pauper's burial.
By yesterday, 53 of the 84 illegal miners who were killed after allegedly inhaling gas at the disused Eiland Shaft in Welkom had been positively identified.
The bodies were recovered over a period of two weeks.
Pathologist Dr Yusuf Vahed said: "We are going to take fingerprints and photographs of the bodies that remain unidentified. After Thursday, they will be given a pauper's burial," he said.
Vahed said DNA samples would be taken for records in case families came forward at a later stage to identify their relatives.
Police spokesperson Captain Stephen Thakeng said most of the identified miners were from Lesotho, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
"Since January this year, police have been arresting people for possession of gold-bearing materials, trespassing and other crimes underground, but have as yet to arrest the kingpins," he said.
He said police were working tirelessly to arrest the masterminds behind illegal mining in the area.
"Police have been taking people in for questioning in connection with illegal mining. The task team comprising of police and mine authorities is busy with a thorough investigation," he said.
Thakeng said police were worried about illegal mining because many people have lost their lives.