"We asked these young men and women from the community and former workers to help us find our children... Whatever happens,..
"I can't have Christmas with my grandchildren who are going to ask me where their mother is.
"It's better we go down and die with them there," said Mnisi.
Mnisi said illegal miners were digging in the mine and they were not being arrested.
"As we speak, there are illegal miners inside this mine digging for gold but they disallowed us from entering before and they must be clear if the illegal miners are working for them stealing our minerals.
"The same power they have to stop us they must use in stopping the illegal miners," said Mnisi.
Attempts to contact Goldfields' chief executive Mike McChesney were fruitless as he did not answer his phone or respond to texts at the time of going to print yesterday.