Residents of Wadela community near AngloGold Ashanti's Mponeng gold mine voiced their fears about the spread of COVID-19 after more than 160 miners tested positive for the coronavirus.
Some of the residents as well as the mine's employees were filmed on Tuesday wearing face masks and waiting outside a makeshift clinic.
«Eighty or ninety percent, living here in Wadela, they work there in the mines, and they are going to come with it, there are not other choices, they are going to come with it, no way. They are going to give us this corona,» said Lucky Sibiya, a Wadela resident.
The Mponeng gold mine, which is the world's deepest, announced a temporary closure and began tracing close contacts of the infected workers. 650 miners had been tested by Monday with 164 positive cases.